About the no solo stuff steve, the owner of eccy (John) is not a diver. You can do what you want more or less. Accompanied or not.
I know of some solo'ers that use eccy on a regular basis.
He'll also fill anything which i've found handy when my cyls have just gone out of test.
There's also 'Devil's Bridge' over the River Lune, not far at all from the Cape! 8 metres if you're lucky and, dependent of the recent rainfall off the hills, either an easy and chilled drift with the flow - or a crazy drift-dive where you take your life in your hands due to the run-off induced current! YeeHaaw!
i do like the lakes, but it does take 2 hours for me to get there, so its out of the question during the week, but im at the ODG on saturday night, so i might have a dip if the vis doesnt improve int dales.