|Fell Foot Park: Site 6|
Getting Here (in detail)
First make your way to Windermere and onto the A592.
From the Penrith side head south passing the Beech Hill dive site on your way towards the end of this lake.
From the south (Newby Bridge end) come up the A592 towards Windermere. Within a mile or so you'll start looking for the sign "Fell Foot".
The moment you start seeing moored yacht means your getting close. Fell Foot is almost opposite the Aquarium of the Lakes dive site! and they have a ferry running across from Fell Foot to Aquarium of the Lake.
Having entered Fell Foot, you'll see the "Boat Launching" payment booth where payments are made for RiB launching if you have come with a RiB.
Divers are directed to use the Second car park, which is much closer to the shoreline. So drive through the first car park looking for the sign for the second car park and you now ready. It is a pay and display car park.
The shore is just a minutes walk away to check out a suitable shore entry spot (photo a) and gether intel on boat and yacht movements in the area (photo b). Plus a bit of 'ratching ground' spotting or if hoping to get close up to some Pike then try the reed bed area.
Non diving family members not on shore cover can enjoy the delights this site has to offer including rowing boats (here's a thought - they could be used to cover divers).
The National Trust suggests giving the site staff a call first please. He/she may ask about your shore cover plan and your SMB usage. They will be listening to what safety measures you are taking - strobes, torches, phones etc but there should be no problem.
This is a large area to play around in. With some nice spoils sitting on firm silt for you (photo c).
Heading out will take you down a gentle slope which bottoms out at 8 metres.
For the most part you will be in 5 to 6 metres with a firm silt bottom.
Ratching around the mooring points on your way out as well as the return trip, may see you collect an assortment of pliers, screw drivers and other seemingly disposable tools here :-)
For an alternative dive, there are few river dives down here, but this site offers the River Leven provided the current is not in full belt due to high rain fall in the catchment area or strong winds coming out of the north.
Happy hunting buds!
Hazards to Divers
Although the steam ferry boats will not bother you - SILENT windsurfers and yachts may give grief if you fail to deploy your SMB.
Needless to say with the above, that you must deploy an SMB.
As with most lakes and tarns - silt can be a hazard if stirred up, so a torch is necessary with strobe recommended.
Barrow-In-Furness are the experts on this lake, so do give them a call using our contact pages under "Air & Clubs" or "Scuba Directory"
Fell Foot Park