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5 wild swimming spots to add to your summer bucket list

Updated: May 30

You can't beat a wild swim, especially when it's a lovely hot day (which is quite rare in the UK to be honest!).


But what most people don't realise is there are loads of hidden wild swimming spots amongst gorges and also at the bottom of some of the most impressive waterfalls in the UK!


If you're looking for a peaceful wild swimming spot, then these 5 spots should definately be on your bucket list! As with all things, we would recommend planning these trips earlier in the day; ensuring you definately avoid the crowds.


Image of Black Moss Pot in the Lake District


We have put together the below video, showcasing some of our favourite 5 wild swimming spots in the UK which are perfect to escape the crowds!


It's worth noting that you may have to visit some of these hidden gems early in the day in order to get them all to yourself, especially during the school holidays etc.


You can find more information about each of these hidden gems further down the page.




Black Moss Pot, England: Enjoy one of the quietest and peaceful walks in the Lake District, with some amazing waterfalls and pools (the pools are shallow too so perfect for the younger ones!). The water is so clear at Black Moss Pot, and you'll be awarded with some stunning views across the fields more notably Scafell Pike.


Galleny Force, England: Galleny Force is an attractive waterfall located in a wonderful setting, and isn't too far from Stonthwaite for those which are in the area. Even though it's only a short distance from the nearby campsite, it's still relatively quiet and hidden for a quick dip. It's not the biggest spot to swim in, but it's certainly the most quietest.


Wastwater Lake, England: This place is literally heaven on earth, and one of the best places in the UK in our opinion. Wastwater is the deepest lake in England at 258 feet (79 m), with the surface of the lake being about 200 feet (60 m) above sea level, while its bottom is over 50 feet (15 m) below sea level.


Tongue Pot, England: Whilst hiking along the River Esk you'll notice there are a series of amazing pools along it, and the one which stands out the most has to be Tongue Pot. Located beneath a historic packhorse bridge is this hidden gem which has grown in popularity thanks to its opportunities for some classic high jump diving!


Watkin Path Pools, Wales: Watkin Path Pools are a must-visit for all wild swimming lovers. It's only a short walk from the car park, in which you'll be able to experience some great plunge pools for a cold water dip on a warm day. Don't worry about getting there early to secure your spot; there's plenty of pools to find and have either for yourself, or share with others.


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