National Trust confirm plans for Fell Foot Park revamp

THE National Trust has confirmed major plans to develop a South Lakeland park as a ‘flagship outdoor destination’,

Fell Foot Park, on the shores of Windermere near Newby Bridge, is set to undergo a revamp which could include a new cafe, jetties, camping pods and an arboretum.

Tori Dodd, the National Trust’s project manager for Fell Foot, said they had ‘exciting plans’ for the future of the park.

“Over the last few years the facilities have become tired and no longer meet modern visitor expectations,” she explained,

“So, we’ve been working with partners and consulting with local residents and current visitors to create a master plan that imagines a bright future for Fell Foot - one that enhances the existing facilities and better celebrates the heritage and significance of the site.”

The ‘master plan’ will be implemented in phases over the next few years, and includes a new cafe at the site of the old house, away from the risk of flooding.

The sailing and water sports facilities will be upgraded, with a new, relocated boathouse for the sailing club and new jetties, including one that can be used by Lake Cruises.

Accommodation will be re-introduced on site in the form of wooden camping pods, which the Trust say will, “create more opportunities for families to play together, indoors and out, as well as improving visitor access.”

Other plans include the development of an arboretum in the woodland, which has been cleared of rhododendrons.

The front entrance will be redesigned to separate day visitors from those holidaying in the park, a move designed to improve safety.

The exit will be moved further down the road past the junction to Staveley-in-Cartmel village.

The plans, which are due to be submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority, will be on display at Staveley-in-Cartmel Parish Hall on April 9 (1pm-6pm).