Visiting Fell Foot: What you need to know

Autumn colours over the lake at Fell Foot

The car park, parkland, meadow and cafe are now open, you don’t need to book but parking space is limited. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Parking and arrival

There's no need to book ahead of your visit. Please find a parking space and either purchase a ticket or scan your membership card on arrival. Your parking ticket will give full access to Fell Foot, access to the parkland, meadow and lakeside.

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Facilities

The car park, parkland, meadow and cafe are now open. Access to the lakeside is also fully available. 

We currently have two toilets open for visitors. We're working hard to open more toilets as soon as we can do so, safely.

Our café is now open with indoor, outdoor and sheltered seating, serving hot and cold drinks, hot snacks, cakes and ice creams. We’ve introduced new safety measures including track and trace for indoor seating, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. Please be aware we can only accept card payments. We look forward to welcoming you back. 

You can download our Fell Foot activity sheet here here which includes a tree trail and bird spotter challenge.

Picnics are very welcome. Please help us spend less on wastage removal by taking your litter home with you. Please note, we do not allow BBQs.

Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once. Some facilities and areas remain closed at the moment, so that we're sure that everything we do is safe, but new possibilities are opening up all the time. The shop and play area are currently closed. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates.

Lake Access

We are accepting day boat launches for non-Active Base members. Please contact fellfootactive@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 015395 31273. Payment can be made either over the phone or on site. Please note, we can only accept card payments.

If you have your own canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard you can launch from the south of the park as normal. 

To store equipment at Fell Foot please contact us to make arrangements.
Tender storage:  Philip.Crosby@nationaltrust.org.uk
Canoe/kayak storage: Adam.King@nationaltrust.org.uk

Active Base Members and Affiliated members

The Active Base is partially closed at the moment. The changing rooms, showers and Clubroom are fully closed, but the toilets are now open for Active Base members with a valid wristband. If your membership needs renewing or you want to sign up as a new member, then contact fellfootactive@nationaltrust.org.uk.

If you are a member of an affiliated club (i.e. SWSC or WRC) then please contact your club secretary directly for access to the Active Base.

If you're a private boat owner but not part of an affiliated club, then please contact fellfootactive@nationaltrust.org.uk to arrange access.

At present we’re not taking on new Active Base memberships. As the easing of lockdown continues, we hope to increase our offer in line with government guidelines. Keep an eye on our website for further updates.

For information regarding activities with an outdoor user group at Fell Foot, please contact your outdoor group leader for detailed information. We're liaising directly with group leaders to ensure the safety of all users.

If you are a group leader who usually visits Fell Foot, then please contact us directly to arrange access to Fell Foot's car parks, Active Base, lakeshore and parkland. You can email fellfootactive@nationaltrust.org.uk

Accessibility

There are two designated disabled spaces in the Kitchen Garden car park, three in the Meadow car park and a further two at the Active Base car park. Accessible toilets are available at the north car park and Active base car park.

The Changing Places facility is now open within the Boathouses and the mobility trike is available to book via phone on 015395 31273. 

Essential Companion card - The Essential Companion card makes it simple to bring one or two carers or companions with you, free of charge. Just show the card when you arrive, and your carer(s) or companion(s) won’t need to pay an entry fee. If you don’t have an Essential Companion card, you can still bring carers or companions free – the card just makes it quicker and simpler for you.