Fell Foot Park

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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 in the civil parish of Staveley-in-Cartmel in South Lakeland district.

Fell Foot Park and Lake Windermere

The estate was owned by Jeremiah Dixon, mayor of Leeds in 1784,[1] 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[2] 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.[3][4]

The manager's house (originally built as a gas works),[3] several boathouses including one converted to a cafeteria,[5][6][7] and a workshop and dock[8] are Grade II listed buildings. They were constructed for Col. G.J.M. Ridehalgh.[3]

The park's buildings were flooded during the 2015–16 Great Britain and Ireland floods.[9]


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Coordinates: 54°16′30″N 2°57′08″W / 54.2751°N 2.9523°W / 54.2751; -2.9523