What is the Fell Foot Project?
This project aims to establish Fell Foot as a flagship National Trust outdoor destination. We will be investing in the park over the next few years, to enhance all that makes it special and improve the facilities.
Some of the jobs on our list are:
- Provide better catering facilities, on slightly higher ground to avoid flood risk, whilst allowing better views of the lake and landscape.
- Renovate the boathouses and use them to offer canoeing, boating, sailing and swimming facilities, plus some indoor space for families on wet days,
- Restore the original arboretum, gardens and pathways.
- Create extended provision of self-pitch camping.
- Improve the vehicular access and car parking facilities.
- Improve the access to and quality of the natural areas
Fell Foot has unfortunately suffered from a lack of investment for many years, and even the basic facilities need to be improved particularly for when the weather is good and the visitors flood in and then the water too on some occasions!
Along with these improvements to basic facilities, there is an opportunity to re-instate the heritage and conservation of the site, giving it a new lease of life.
What has happened so far?
So far we have designed and internally approved an initial business case and outline plan for the development. More detailed designs will be developed this year in order to secure external funding and planning permissions, with work starting on site mid-2015.
It’s all very exciting, and we look forward to keeping you updated through this blog over the next 18 months or so!