A trip to Stoney Cove

This is what you’ve been waiting for. A post about possibly the best dive site in the UK, maybe the world…Stoney Cove, Leicestershire, England.

My buddy, partner in crime and strictly come dancing: underwater partner Jack Perks was the central focus on this visit with him being here to catch some more great images for his already mighty portfolio.

Photographer by trade, gentleman by choice he currently attends the University of Falmouth where he studies Marine and Natural History Photography and is preparing for the final year run in. I hope I can be of help! Consequently you should check out his blog and follow him on twitter




Ok enough with the plugging (but you should definitely like a repost this post) and on to the main event.

Stoney Cove in Leicestershire, England was originally a granite mine opened at the start at the 19th century.  Spring water was always a problem for the mine and when it closed in 1958 started gaining attention fro divers. In 1963 diving pioneers were using the quarry to practice their skills and was used to train North Sea divers for the next 15 years.

Now it’s used year round to train recreational divers and is a good place for pleasure dives inland. This is what Jack and I came to do, specifically to look for Crayfish, Pike and Perch. We planned 2 shallow dives along the banks at about 5-6m as the Pike, so I’m told like to hide amongst the weeds.  And we came up trumps on both, spotting 2 or 3 pike on each dive. A proper whopper loomed out of the murk and Jack got some great shots!

Job done we circles the Nautilus (a submerged submarine just by the pub) where we took note from strictly come dancing: underwater and practised out skills! All this tomfoolery was topped of by glorious sunshine and numerous sausage baps.

What more can a man want?

For footage of our dive click the link below and witness the graceful prowess of 2 underwater dancers in their prime. Jack is doing the recording and I’m tagging along for the ride.


Stay narked.



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