Fell Foot Park is a country park, formerly the grounds of a Victorian house, situated beside Windermere, a lake in Cumbria, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust. It is just north of Newby Bridge on the A592 road in the civil parish of Staveley-in-Cartmel in South Lakeland district.To visit Fell Foot Park and get the most from your holiday in Newby Bridge, create itinerary details personal to you using our Newby Bridge trip itinerary website.
The estate was owned by Jeremiah Dixon, mayor of Leeds in 1784, who sold it in 1859 to Colonel G.J.M. Ridehalgh (1835-1892), a director of the North Lonsdale Iron and Steel Company, colonel of the 2nd Westmorland Volunteer Battalion Border Regiment and one of the founder members of the Royal Windermere Yacht Club. The house was demolished in 1907 to build a larger replacement, but the project was abandoned when the then owner died. The estate was given to the National Trust in 1948.
The manager's house (originally built as a gas works), several boathouses including one converted to a cafe, and a workshop and dock are Grade II listed buildings. They were constructed for Col. G.J.M. Ridehalgh. A local sailing and rowing club is located at the park and rowing boat and kayak hire is available during summer months. Other facilities include car parking, toilets, a gift shop and a playground.
Between March and September, Windermere Lake Cruises operate a passenger ferry service from Lakeside station to Fell Foot. At Lakeside, connection can be made to the same company's steamer service to Bowness-on-Windermere and the preserved Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
The park's buildings were flooded during the 2015–16 Great Britain and Ireland floods.
A new watersports centre opened at the north end of the park in 2018. The park holds regular events, including a parkrun event every Saturday and the All England Open Stone Skimming Championships every August.
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My main reason for visiting was to participate in the local park run while staying in nearby Bowness. I wouldn't have visited otherwise and missed out on this beautiful location. A great place for a..... more
My main reason for visiting was to participate in the local park run while staying in nearby Bowness. I wouldn't have visited otherwise and missed out on this beautiful location. A great place for a..... more »
Amazing location with lots of facilities for everyone from dogs to toddlers. Views from there are amazing, lovely cafe and toilet/baby change facilities.
Amazing location with lots of facilities for everyone from dogs to toddlers. Views from there are amazing, lovely cafe and toilet/baby change facilities. more »
Really enjoyed our trip here. £6 to park for 2 hours and plenty to do. We took the dog for a nice walk in the area towards the bottom of the lake where they can be off the lead. She had a good swim and then we walked to the cafe for refreshments. On the way we saw someone painting, people swimming, a group of paddle boarders and multiple picnics. Lots of space and nice and open. Highly recommended.
We had a fantastic day there sitting in the shade and paddling/swimming in the lake. Enjoyed the cafe and ice cream outlets. The toilet facilities were appreciated but the ladies wasn't very nice. Good for dogs, especially water-loving ones.
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