Stoney Cove Trip
Stoney Cove – August 2016
Until 1958 granite was quarried at Stoney Stanton for road building or paving streets. Then, with a decline in need for granite, the pumps were turned off and the old quarry allowed to flood. The North Sea oil boom brought a new lease of life to the place for testing underwater equipment. In 1978 a company called Stoney Cove Marine Trials was formed to promote scuba diving activities. And the rest is history!
Stoney provides a variety of depths; the 7 metre shelf is ideal for novices, another at around 20 metres for intermediate training, with advanced divers having up to 36 metres to enjoy.Underwater attractions include a Viscount aircraft cockpit, a replica of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus, a Wessex helicopter, an old coach, a light aircraft and the Stanegarth, a 1910 steam tug, along with some relics from the former quarry days and plenty of crayfish, carp, pike, perch, roach etc.
Above the water-line is a dive shop, pub, restaurant, toilets, showers and more!
Stoney Cove is in is in Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire. From London head north on the M1 to Junction 21 then on to the M69. Take the first junction off and turn left at the roundabout. Follow the signs to Sapcote on the B4669. About a mile down the road (prior to reaching Sapcoat) turn left towards Stoney Stanton. In the village at the junction, turn right along Stanton road, and then right again and you will come to Stoney Cove entrance on your left.
Come and join us.
For our next trip, we will be diving on Sun 29th and Bank Holiday Monday 30th August. We shall be staying the over on the 29 August at the bargain price of £25 for B&B.