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PLACES TO DIVE UK INLAND DIVES

Wast Water - OS Outdoor Leisure Sheet 6 GRID 155057

Drive around the top of Lake Windermere towards Ambleside on the A592 and then across the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes via the A593.

Permission is required from the National Trust Warden to dive the lake but there is no fee. National Trust Warden 01946726110. They require name, contact number, your club, date of dive and number of divers.

The lake is 3 miles long with great visibility and a maximum depth of about 73 metres. In the water are The Pinnacles, the most popular place to dive, and the remains of a WWII bomber at the Southern end of the lake. The Pinnacles can be found at 13 metres, and descending there is reputed to be a gnome garden at 46 metres.


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Bobferg
posted : March 03, 2014

any idea what species the fish were and how big?

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Bobferg
posted : February 08, 2014

Can I be a nerdy anorak and introduce something none diving. Has anybody seen fish in Wastwater? It always seems lifeless. I visited Wasdale recently after a lengthy absence; I saw small fish in Lingmell, Mosedale becks and recently at Over Beck bridge. I doubt acid rain is the problem as I know fair numbers of salmon and sea trout run the Irt and Bleng, so riversí flowing out of Wasdale also hold fish. I recently contacted the angling film maker Andy Nicholson. He had permission to fish Wastwater; for ten years in a boat, and infrequently caught small trout and eels. Never on flies but occasionally spinning and bait fishing worked, he also caught a salmon and a 12lb ferox. The ferox fascinated me as these cannibal brown trout feed on fish. I contacted Dr Winfield at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology whose scientific surveys periodically net Wastwater. His scant catches never vary greatly over time. He catches small numbers of miniature trout also char, a relative of the trout, eels and minnows being the only coarse fish. Other lakes and tarns in the area hold fair numbers of fish. National Trust say pike and perch died out in Wastwater, but Andy Nicholson says there never were any. All a bit of a mystery, anybody got any ideas?

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Bobferg
posted : February 06, 2014

Hi Elliot The bottom end of the lake holds the remains of a Lockheed Hudson twin-engine bomber but there isn't much left as it broke up on impact. I suspect you are looking for the Lancaster which is in over two hundred feet of water just out from over beck. It might not be a Lancaster as I discovered that there were rumours of a flying boat that laded there in WWII and was subsequently scuttled or it sank. I got that from a local. It might have made an emergency landing. As to its accuracy I don't know. A mate who has dived it says its a load of old domestic appliances and not a plane so who knows. He might be trying throw people of the scent. Bobferg1

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rodster
posted : May 15, 2011

Hi what a excellent dive - no cost - need ur own kit & packed lunch lol but its definately a good experience - the slow descent and then a slow acsent - second dive the pinnacles and then into the deep there is a rock with a monument wrt diving - many thermoclines - not for the inexperieced - reference lines to start etc and then a slow decline as far as your qualified - computer and backup necesary and deco stops - and secondary air source and then enriched air etc if rqd - dont be daft be sensible and enjoy the experience!

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blOkeUpnOrTh
posted : November 19, 2007

I have heard the Gnome garden has been broken up and the rope down removed to stop non qualified divers from descending, in a bid to prevent incidents?! Is this true, or can I still go and see the gnomes?!

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Elliott
posted : August 15, 2007

Hi, Could anyone help me?? I'm due to go to wast water in a few weeks, though have been told the remains of the bomber isn't there. The sole reason for the trip is to search for the bomber, but if its not there i'll need to inform the club to see if the venue will be changed to another wreck site. Has anyone dived it before?? thanks for the help

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andy m
posted : December 16, 2005

Club dive in September. Followed the rope to the wall, vis was dreadful, 2 - 3 m max. Descended down wall, and vis was brilliant (although it gets dark at depth) Gnomes in abundance at 45m ! Even saw a few fish on our way out.

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max
posted : June 26, 2005

Here today, was a bit like a scooters owners club, more dpv's than divers. Good viz even at depth, could see the surface from 60mtr. Must get sorted tho' the one group of divers had it sussed, bacon butties and red wine post dive..still not complaining about soup and chicken sarnies.

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jpf113
posted : February 15, 2005

having read the article in 'The Sun' does anyone know the real story about the incidents that happened with the three divers.

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gemadair
posted : December 03, 2004

there are a load of knomes at 45mtrs (ish) near the washing machine, go to the memorial, over the edge of the cliff, and follow the cliff along till you shud see it (this is at the pinnacles site)

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posted : September 13, 2004

think this is very intrusting

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posted : September 13, 2004

Hi to all readers of UK diving If this does not seem too inappropriate? Can I ask all readers to vote for me; I am standing for BSAC national council. As a diabetic I want to encourage as many disabled people into the sport. I also hope to see the age that clubs can start training divers be reduced from 14 to 12 at the individual diving officers discretion. I will also listen to as many divers as possible to see what you want from BSAC. This in turn will help me guide BSAC in the direction that the members desire. If I can ever be of any assistance please do contact me. Many thanks for taking the time to read this. Kind Regards Robert Higgie Email rhiggie@bsac.co.uk

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posted : September 13, 2004

PLEASE DONT GIVE UP ON WASTWATER OR THE GNOMES. I KNOW THEY ARE STILL OUT THERE. THERE MUST BE ROPE REMAINS ON THE PINNICALS, OR SOMETHING IN THE SOUTH. WH210 ROPE 11 MTRS, ASH SCATT, LEDGE 35M, DEC 46 M, PINNICALLS/ GNOME AREA / You must not give up........................................

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posted : September 13, 2004

Careful you don't catch your weewee in your wetsuit zipper

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posted : September 13, 2004

i'm after dive sites in the north yorks & north gland area up to 50m with loads of different stuff to see, lift, cut or blow up. if you need any jobs doing underwater (not too long a duration)then give me a bell(have the hand of an army dive team with own air faculity)

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