Why we no longer allow BBQs

Man cooking on a BBQ

We all enjoyed a really hot 2018, but unfortunately Fell Foot didn’t – there was a lot of damage caused to the park from fires and barbeques. From now on, we’ll stick to picnics or hot food from our counter, to make sure we’re taking good care of this favourite lakeside spot.


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Why can’t I bring a BBQ to Fell Foot any more?

Last year there were widespread problems across the Lake District (and the UK) with wild fires due to the hot weather. If there’s a prolonged spell of hot weather without rain, the ground and grass dry out, making it more likely to catch fire. Disposable barbeques are one of the main causes of grass fires along with lit cigarettes and glass bottles which magnify the sun’s rays. 

Fell Foot is currently in the second of a five phase Heritage Lottery Funded project to restore and reinvigorate the landscape, boathouses and visitor facilities. As part of this project, we’re working hard to improve the condition of the grass, alongside planting flower meadows across the site which will bloom for the first time this summer. Work is also underway in the Pinetum (the woodland near to the children’s playground) where we’re improving drainage to look after the specimen trees in that area.

Please note BBQs are not allowed anywhere on site, including the previously allocated BBQ area.

Can I still bring a picnic?

Yes. Visitors are more than welcome to bring their own food and have a picnic on the lawn – there are plenty of beautiful spots and benches to choose from so just sit, relax, and enjoy the view.

Fell Foot on the shores of Lake Windermere
The stunning views at Fell Foot
Fell Foot on the shores of Lake Windermere

What food can I buy when I get to Fell Foot?

The Potting Shed Café is open 10am-5pm every day (9am-5pm on Saturdays) up in the main car park, whilst the Boathouse Café is undergoing renovation work (due to reopen early this summer).

Outside eating at Fell Foot

Here you can buy a selection of soups, one-pot meals, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, crisps, ice cream, tray bakes, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Throughout summer holidays (23 July – 27 August, 5-7pm) every Tuesday evening is Pizza Night where you can enjoy a freshly baked pizza straight from our wood fired oven.