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Fell Foot Park, Newby Bridge

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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.

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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  • Hidden little gem at the bottom of Lake Windermere. Good number of car park spaces and very fair priced compared to the other council operated car parks. Scenic pleasant walking routes for all...  more »
  • This was a hidden gem.... spoiled by hotel and commercial happening’s such a shame. Looked for it today just for happy memories, absolutely gutted fumming this place was always free  more »
  • To walk around is very short, the views are lovely. We visited on a rainy day would be a lovely place on a sunny day to have a picnic. If you are interested in boating, paddle boarding, canoeing etc.....  more »
  • Well hidden at the bottom of windermere, this is a lovely place to relax or get involved in many water activities which are on offer. My advice is to get here early as the car park gets full very quickly. It's best in my humble opinion to bring a picnic with you. Ice cream is on offer though. Paddle boarding and canoeing hire is available. Superb views and a nice atmosphere.
  • A gorgeous location in the Lake District to visit, offering plenty of space for families and for children to play and to enjoy the sunshine and lovely views. It is easily accessible from the majority of the Lake District, and highly recommended for a visit; there are boats that can be hired, a lovely cafe, and activities in the summer for families. Definitely comes highly recommended.
  • We visited Fell Foot park for the 1st time this. We found it a really family friendly place to visit. Car parking was free as member of the National Trust. Plenty of parking too in various areas of the park. The staff here were very friendly and willing to help. Toilets on site were very clean and disabled friendly too. There are also some great walks to go on. This really is a very nice place to visit with family and have a picnic by the side of Lake Windermere. There is also a shop and cafe to check out too.
  • This was our first visit to the Lake District and Fell Foot Park was a great place from which to explore southern Lake Windermere. A ferry crosses over to the heritage train station and aquarium and the park itself has a nice cafe. We arrived just before lunch on a Sunday and were lucky to get parked. The main facilities are a short walk downhill from the car park.
  • As a member parking was free, lovely accessible for all walks by the river where you can swim ( the water is quite shallow) or hire a boat, catch a sightseeing boat tour or just sit and watch the world go by. Garden is nicely maintained with some wildflower meadows planted for the bee population. As with most NT properties there are toilet, cafe and shop facilities.

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