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Diving Stoney Cove, England Inland Dive Site
Dive Site: Pub Archways
Depth: 1 to 6 metres (18 feet)
Rating: See Stoney Cove overview
Location: The Pub Archways are located directly under the portion of the pub which juts out over the water. Descend to the side or directly in front of the bar / restaurant & coffee hatch. From the left side of the Slipway (facing the water) take a 100 degree bearing and expect around a 1 minute swim. From the Bus Stop entry take a 90 - 100 degree bearing and expect a 5 minute slow swim past the front of the slipway. Ideal for introductory training dives a dive to the Pub Archways can be combined with and number of other features on the shallow 6m area.
History & Description: The Pub Archways are the concrete foundations under the patio which juts out from the pub and restaurant. There are large, square entry and exit points which take you in and under the pub and it is an interesting place to investigate for novice or first time divers. If you look carefully around the base of the walls you are likely to see freshwater crayfish in the crevices here. If diving before first light the number of crayfish you are likely to see increases significantly. These are the threatened white clawed crayfish which in the UK have been largely displaced by introduced American signal crayfish. These carry a fungal parasite which has wiped out the native white clawed crayfish through much of the UK.
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