£2m 'park and sail' plan for lake shore

An artist's impresison of how the Ferry Nab scheme could look

An artist's impresison of how the Ferry Nab scheme could look

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TWO multi-million pound developments look set to transform the Windermere shoreline at Bowness.

Ferry Nab could be unrecognisable as early as next summer if £2m regeneration plans win the green light.

And a £13m project to rebuild the nearby Windermere Steamboat Museum has been given a £9m boost this week.

The proposals for Ferry Nab, put together by South Lakeland District Council, include a new building, hundreds more car park spaces and the lengthening of several jetties.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to improve access to Windermere for everyone, especially families,” said SLDC leader Coun Peter Thornton.

“It will encourage parents and youngsters to take part in boating, biking, and other healthy outdoor activities.

“It will also improve publicly available boat facilities and make Ferry Nab a great example of sustainable development.”

The Steamboat Museum, which has been closed since 2006, is set to re-open by 2015 after receiving a £9.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grant on Tuesday.

“I’m really pleased that the museum has got this huge investment which is richly deserved,” added Mr Thornton.

“I think the potential development of Ferry Nab will complement this.”

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The plans for Ferry Nab have been in the pipeline for three years and are set to go before the Lake District National Park Authority in October.

If approved, a new two-storey building will house an outdoor adventure shop, cafe, terrace, wet rooms, showers and toilets.

Three of the area’s five jetties will be lengthened from 29 berths to 128 and one will be turned into a public landing.

The capacity of Braithwaite Fold car park will increase from 383 to 720 spaces and electric bike and car charging points will be installed.

Two mountain bike skills areas will be built and the scheme will link the cycle-way between Windermere Station and Ferry Nab and between Ferry Nab and Grizedale and Wray Castle.The first phase could be open to the public by next year.

“This is a major investment for the council,” said Michael Keane, assistant director of strategic planning. “It’s a vote of confidence for the area because it’s very bold.

“There’s not many councils investing on this scale - we believe it will bring huge benefits to the area.”

Ferry Nab has suffered in recent years following the introduction of the 10mph speed limit on the lake.

Council revenue from one slipway alone dropped from around £50,000 to £1,000 a year – but now council economic development manager Caroline Leigh says the venture should attract people back to the area.

“We want to make this a place people can come and leave their car,” she said.

“It will be somewhere they can use as a base to explore the area on foot, by boat, by bike or however they want.”

The development is expected to raise money for the council through the commercial letting of berths.

Richard Greenwood, head of policy and research at Cumbria Tourism, hailed the plans as ‘a good set of ideas’ and added: “For some time we have felt that more could be done with this area so this is very pleasing to see.”

The development comes just over a year after proposals for a £4m convention centre on the shoreline were approved. The 600-delegate convention and exhibition centre will be built close to the Low Wood Hotel.

Plans to overhaul the nearby Glebe at Bowness are also in the pipeline.

* THE iconic Windermere Steamboat Museum will be re-opened within two years after receiving a £9.4m boost this week.

A total of £13.4m is set to be spent on an overhaul of the shoreline attraction, following the announcement of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant on Tuesday.

The money comes in addition to £3m already raised by the museum’s owners, the Lakeland Arts Trust.

Chief executive Gordon Watson said: “Immediate steps are to complete design development so that construction can start next year.

“We are looking forward to re-opening the museum and wel-coming visitors to enjoy the wonderful collection of boats and take part in new activities and events inspired by the collections and beautiful site.”

Planning permission was granted by the Lake District National Park Authority in June for the old building to be demolished and a new one built with a waterside cafe, wet dock, exhibition centre and workshop, as well as 112 car parking spaces.

New jetties will also enable visitors to arrive by boat or take a trip on an historic launch.

The museum, located just over a mile from Ferry Nab, will re-open in 2015.

South Lakeland District Council leader Coun Peter Thornton said: “Taken together, the plans show a huge amount of confidence in the future of Windermere as an asset for the tourism industry.”

Both projects will aim to encourage tourists and locals to make the most of facilities on and around the water.

Carole Shaw, chair of the Windermere Lake Users Forum, has hailed the announcement.

“The success of the steamboat museum in attracting further funds means we have improved facilities for visitors,” she said.

“It also means more destinations around the lake for people to stop at. I think most lake users would say this is wonderful.”

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron added: “I am incredibly grateful for the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will enable the Windermere Steamboat Museum to become an internationally-renowned addition to Windermere.

“This will grow tourism in Cumbria and create year round, quality employment for the South Lakes.

“I also hope the Ferry Nab project plays a role in our campaign to bring further jobs and investment to the South Lakes.”

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11:28am Thu 1 Aug 13

zaney5 says...

You'd think with all this spare money floating about, they'd tackle the important issue of the state of the roads first. All well and good making the area accessible and nice for the visitors, but if you have to wreck your cars suspension getting here......
You'd think with all this spare money floating about, they'd tackle the important issue of the state of the roads first. All well and good making the area accessible and nice for the visitors, but if you have to wreck your cars suspension getting here...... zaney5
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Thu 1 Aug 13

onelocal says...

Different council. CCC are responsible for roads. But I take your point, who is funding this, the council tax payers or what?
Not sure what it is supposed to be, Caroline Leigh says "it's somewhere people can come and leave their car". So it's a car park?, no that's at Braithwaite Fold.
It's somewhere they can park their boats, but hang on, takings from one slipway fell from £50,000 to £1000 per year. Doesn't sound like a good business environment.
There will be an outdoor adventure store. But Bowness is full of them, opening and closing all the rime, and there will be even more once LDNPA develop the Glebe.
Not quite sure why all these new visitors using the extended car park at BF (almost double the size) would head to Ferry Nab, unless they brought their boat. Likely they will head north into Bowness like they do now, especially once the new Glebe will become such a visitor attraction.
Surprised they haven't planned a Tesco supermarket, now that will.draw the crowds, who knows, perhaps they have?
Sounds like a misconceived plan to cash in on the business the commercial marinas and LDNP at Brockhole, have, a vanity project, or another white elephant.
Different council. CCC are responsible for roads. But I take your point, who is funding this, the council tax payers or what? Not sure what it is supposed to be, Caroline Leigh says "it's somewhere people can come and leave their car". So it's a car park?, no that's at Braithwaite Fold. It's somewhere they can park their boats, but hang on, takings from one slipway fell from £50,000 to £1000 per year. Doesn't sound like a good business environment. There will be an outdoor adventure store. But Bowness is full of them, opening and closing all the rime, and there will be even more once LDNPA develop the Glebe. Not quite sure why all these new visitors using the extended car park at BF (almost double the size) would head to Ferry Nab, unless they brought their boat. Likely they will head north into Bowness like they do now, especially once the new Glebe will become such a visitor attraction. Surprised they haven't planned a Tesco supermarket, now that will.draw the crowds, who knows, perhaps they have? Sounds like a misconceived plan to cash in on the business the commercial marinas and LDNP at Brockhole, have, a vanity project, or another white elephant. onelocal
  • Score: 5

6:06am Fri 2 Aug 13

Moonbase says...

These dumb people talk about wasting million's but can't get double yellow lines sorted out on rayrigg road!!!
As per.... 'Thick as'.
These dumb people talk about wasting million's but can't get double yellow lines sorted out on rayrigg road!!! As per.... 'Thick as'. Moonbase
  • Score: -2

6:36am Fri 2 Aug 13

laker1 says...

I may be being stupid but where is the 'cycleway'linking Windermere Station and Ferry Nab - Is this the main road where they've painted those silly white lines which supposedly denote a bike lane, which cars drive on and people park on making bikes leave the cycle lane. Its all very well making super doper facilities to attracting even more visitors to fleece, but the road network can't cope with what we've got now
I may be being stupid but where is the 'cycleway'linking Windermere Station and Ferry Nab - Is this the main road where they've painted those silly white lines which supposedly denote a bike lane, which cars drive on and people park on making bikes leave the cycle lane. Its all very well making super doper facilities to attracting even more visitors to fleece, but the road network can't cope with what we've got now laker1
  • Score: 4

6:39am Fri 2 Aug 13

laker1 says...

Looks a bit out of keeping - surely Friends of the Lake District will be bleating about it before long - like they did with the Lowwood Conference Centre plans - or because its being planned by their buddies at SLDC & Nat Park, will it go through without any comment
Looks a bit out of keeping - surely Friends of the Lake District will be bleating about it before long - like they did with the Lowwood Conference Centre plans - or because its being planned by their buddies at SLDC & Nat Park, will it go through without any comment laker1
  • Score: 2

6:55am Fri 2 Aug 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Ferry Nab is a fine, relaxed place as it is for sail and canoe people. The problem is the back-up of cars waiting for the ferry on busy days, but I don't see any proposal to solve that. I suppose this plan aims to replace the people who used to go water skiing and jet skiing with people who want to go cycling and walking, but they can already do that from Bowness. I wonder if the character of the place will be buried under car parks for people who came to enjoy the character of the place, and who therefore go somewhere else in future? Also, that mock-up picture has to be the cheapest and worst I've ever seen.
Ferry Nab is a fine, relaxed place as it is for sail and canoe people. The problem is the back-up of cars waiting for the ferry on busy days, but I don't see any proposal to solve that. I suppose this plan aims to replace the people who used to go water skiing and jet skiing with people who want to go cycling and walking, but they can already do that from Bowness. I wonder if the character of the place will be buried under car parks for people who came to enjoy the character of the place, and who therefore go somewhere else in future? Also, that mock-up picture has to be the cheapest and worst I've ever seen. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: 5

5:07pm Fri 2 Aug 13

Grumpyoldbiker says...

Sorry for the pun, but it looks like I will be giving Bowness a wide berth if this is the future.
Sorry for the pun, but it looks like I will be giving Bowness a wide berth if this is the future. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 3

5:57pm Fri 2 Aug 13

in despair says...

So SLDC income is down because of the 10 mph speed limit. What a surprise.

Where is this £2m coming from?? Isnt it time SLDC councillors stopped wasting our Council Tax on their pet ideas, particularly one to add hundreds more cash cows - sorry car parking spaces - into the already overcrowded Bowness area.

If this is such a good idea why not persuade the private sector to pay for it and reduce the costs/risks for South Lakeland council tax payers..
So SLDC income is down because of the 10 mph speed limit. What a surprise. Where is this £2m coming from?? Isnt it time SLDC councillors stopped wasting our Council Tax on their pet ideas, particularly one to add hundreds more cash cows - sorry car parking spaces - into the already overcrowded Bowness area. If this is such a good idea why not persuade the private sector to pay for it and reduce the costs/risks for South Lakeland council tax payers.. in despair
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Fri 2 Aug 13

Blogtrotter says...

A real treat to see both Thornton and Farron mentioned in the same article by the Gazette.

Reminds me of the great double acts of all time. Laurel and Hardy, the Chuckle brothers, Beavis and Butthead. Endless comparisons.
A real treat to see both Thornton and Farron mentioned in the same article by the Gazette. Reminds me of the great double acts of all time. Laurel and Hardy, the Chuckle brothers, Beavis and Butthead. Endless comparisons. Blogtrotter
  • Score: 6

6:46pm Fri 2 Aug 13

fellsman says...

SLDC's awash with cash - even after all their financial **** ups - they sold off far more council houses than they were expecting, but rather than plough the money back into local housing they're going to waste a lot more!! Nice to see the Liberals gaining from a good old Tory policy, bet Farron will claim it as his own idea though!!!
SLDC's awash with cash - even after all their financial **** ups - they sold off far more council houses than they were expecting, but rather than plough the money back into local housing they're going to waste a lot more!! Nice to see the Liberals gaining from a good old Tory policy, bet Farron will claim it as his own idea though!!! fellsman
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Sat 3 Aug 13

Grumpyoldbiker says...

If I want to see a white elephant I usually go to Dalton Zoo.
If I want to see a white elephant I usually go to Dalton Zoo. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 0

11:52pm Sat 3 Aug 13

lakesailor says...

Can't see the point of all the excitement.
SLDC need to recover income. Using the boat storage area for car parking seems reasonable, as long as in the winter months it reverts to boat storage. (As the boat storage is paid-for and the parking needs are lower in winter, that doesn't seem a difficult choice)
The Warden's office flooded so needs to be further from the water's edge anyway.

I agree about the ****-arsing about on Rayrigg Road with the yellow lines.
Even if they do get around to painting the new ones, that will only result in people parking on the straight section after the museum, which seems narrower than the bit before as traffic can't easily pass parked cars on that bit.
Traffic Engineers are not covering themselves in glory here.
Can't see the point of all the excitement. SLDC need to recover income. Using the boat storage area for car parking seems reasonable, as long as in the winter months it reverts to boat storage. (As the boat storage is paid-for and the parking needs are lower in winter, that doesn't seem a difficult choice) The Warden's office flooded so needs to be further from the water's edge anyway. I agree about the ****-arsing about on Rayrigg Road with the yellow lines. Even if they do get around to painting the new ones, that will only result in people parking on the straight section after the museum, which seems narrower than the bit before as traffic can't easily pass parked cars on that bit. Traffic Engineers are not covering themselves in glory here. lakesailor
  • Score: 1

9:16am Sun 4 Aug 13

zaney5 says...

Blogtrotter wrote:
A real treat to see both Thornton and Farron mentioned in the same article by the Gazette.

Reminds me of the great double acts of all time. Laurel and Hardy, the Chuckle brothers, Beavis and Butthead. Endless comparisons.
I was thinking more "Botchit & Scarper"!
[quote][p][bold]Blogtrotter[/bold] wrote: A real treat to see both Thornton and Farron mentioned in the same article by the Gazette. Reminds me of the great double acts of all time. Laurel and Hardy, the Chuckle brothers, Beavis and Butthead. Endless comparisons.[/p][/quote]I was thinking more "Botchit & Scarper"! zaney5
  • Score: 2

10:49am Sun 4 Aug 13

Kendmoor says...

Whatever happened to the indoor winter sports venture that was supposed to happen? That was something strange and different that would have actually attracted quite a few people!
Whatever happened to the indoor winter sports venture that was supposed to happen? That was something strange and different that would have actually attracted quite a few people! Kendmoor
  • Score: 1

11:25am Sun 4 Aug 13

Kendmoor says...

It was Xscape who were planning it, in winderemere, WMG seem to have deleted their article about it, and Xscape have taken down the website advertising the venture
It was Xscape who were planning it, in winderemere, WMG seem to have deleted their article about it, and Xscape have taken down the website advertising the venture Kendmoor
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Sun 4 Aug 13

zaney5 says...

Kendmoor wrote:
It was Xscape who were planning it, in winderemere, WMG seem to have deleted their article about it, and Xscape have taken down the website advertising the venture
Bet good old Friends of the Lakes would have had a field day with that one!
[quote][p][bold]Kendmoor[/bold] wrote: It was Xscape who were planning it, in winderemere, WMG seem to have deleted their article about it, and Xscape have taken down the website advertising the venture[/p][/quote]Bet good old Friends of the Lakes would have had a field day with that one! zaney5
  • Score: 0

10:15am Mon 5 Aug 13

Kendmoor says...

http://tinyurl.com/p
qu4g3x
This is the only article that comes up now in the WG search, now. A different project from the past..
"A hi-tech ' Leisuredome' with attractions like Laserquest, 3D film exp-erience and skateboarding" was going to be in bowness! unlike the Xscape venture this was back in 2001 though, which was supposed to "re-generate the Lake District economy in the light of the speed ban and the effects of the foot-and-mouth crisis."

But no, the car park idea sounds much more exciting and more of a sure-fire way to bring tourists in than either of the other two ideas.
http://tinyurl.com/p qu4g3x This is the only article that comes up now in the WG search, now. A different project from the past.. "A hi-tech ' Leisuredome' with attractions like Laserquest, 3D film exp-erience and skateboarding" was going to be in bowness! unlike the Xscape venture this was back in 2001 though, which was supposed to "re-generate the Lake District economy in the light of the speed ban and the effects of the foot-and-mouth crisis." But no, the car park idea sounds much more exciting and more of a sure-fire way to bring tourists in than either of the other two ideas. Kendmoor
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Wed 7 Aug 13

redhairedgranny says...

Blogtrotter wrote:
A real treat to see both Thornton and Farron mentioned in the same article by the Gazette.

Reminds me of the great double acts of all time. Laurel and Hardy, the Chuckle brothers, Beavis and Butthead. Endless comparisons.
More like the Krankies! There's no bigger cranks than the Thornton and Farron pantomime dames!
[quote][p][bold]Blogtrotter[/bold] wrote: A real treat to see both Thornton and Farron mentioned in the same article by the Gazette. Reminds me of the great double acts of all time. Laurel and Hardy, the Chuckle brothers, Beavis and Butthead. Endless comparisons.[/p][/quote]More like the Krankies! There's no bigger cranks than the Thornton and Farron pantomime dames! redhairedgranny
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