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Best wild swimming spots in the Lake District

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track wild swimming spots scattered across the Lake District.


Wild swimming popularity has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's no surprise why, the benefits of wild swimming are incredible! Luckily for Lake District residents as well as holiday tourists heading to the Lakes, there are plenty of wild swimming spots to go ahead!


So if you’re a keen wild swimming lover, then sit back and write down some of these amazing hidden swimming spots for your next adventure in the Lake District!





An amazing hidden waterfall tucked away at the North end of Wastwater. You'll be surrounded by lovely scenery and this place is an amazing photography opportunity for those that want to get some breath-taking photos. If the weather is warm, feel free to have a little dip!


Ritson's Force is a small but pleasant waterfall just a short walk from the Wasdale Head Inn. It can be a bit of a pain to get too, however the easiest route would be to follow the stream behind the Inn and go over the little arched stone bridge and follow the path. Sooner or later you'll be in this paradise!


The photos don't do this idyllic place any justice, it really is amazing and worth the trek. It's spectacular especially after heavy rainfall with the falls being in full force, and if you're brave enough why not have a wild swim?




Standing at the head of Great Langdale; the Whorneyside Force is a stunning hidden gem of a waterfall which is waiting for you to jump and swim in! It's situated in a secluded and dramatic setting in the shadow of Crinkle Crag, and is every wild swimmers dream.


It really is amazing, and it's also the perfect spot for a wild swim if you're up for it in a natural waterfall.For those exploring with a little one, you can take them to Whorneyside Force since it's easy to reach as there isn't much elevation gain.


The last time we went the water looked so magical and green, and it's the perfect destination for a quick dip and a cool down after a busy day hiking around the Lakes.





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, and you'll be awarded with some stunning views across the fields more notably Scafell Pike.


For the more adrenaline minded people, there are big jumps from the rocks above, or you can just stay in the rock pools that flow.


Not only is Black Moss Pot a great place for a cold wild swim, it's also great for those wanting an enjoyable hike! Why not enjoy a morning walk through the Langstrath Valley and then return to the Langstrath Inn for a well deserved beverage?


For those staying at the nearby campsite, it's only a short walk from it so it's the ideal spot to get there early before everybody else turns up! It's an amazing spot for everybody of all ages to enjoy.




Galleny Force is an amazing waterfall to visit, with pools deep enough to swim in. The water is crystal clear, and it is perfect swimming conditions for the young kids too. It may be a bit difficult to get too, but it is totally worth it!


Galleny Force are beautiful waterfalls and are a must-visit if you're around the area. However it's worth noting that the paths are very uneven and quite tricky in place, however it's very much worth the trek up the valley to see them!


Since the Galleny Force Waterfall is located right next to a large campsite, you may want to avoid visiting in school holidays if you want some peace and quiet at the falls. Also, if you find the main pool slightly busy, keep walking up the path and you'll find further pools with nobody in!





The infinity pool at Buttermere is stunning. The water is glisteningly clear and took on a light green hue when exposed to the sun. Behind it is a decent-sized waterfall that would be a great place to take a dip even without the view.


It might have more visitors than last year, but if you go at the right time, you'll have it all to yourself (ideal for that iconic Instagram posing photo!). Since the COVID lockdowns, unique hidden gems such as the Buttermere Infinity Pool have been discovered and shared across social media, which isn't necessary a bad thing considering the grief it can sometimes bring!


This location's only drawback is its small pool and tendency to get crowded on sunny weekends and during school breaks. Having the pool to yourself is where the magic happens (similar to the below photo!).




We definitely recommend a swim in this lovely waterfall pool. You'll be rewarded with divine views over the valley, in which you can even climb to to the top of this waterfall. Once you're done with Sour Milk Gyll, carry on walking a little further to the beautiful lake at Easdale Tarn.


If you're talking the popular walk from Grasmere to Easdale Tarn you'll be surprised to know theres a gorgeous hidden gem of a waterfall waiting for you only about a mile away. If there's been plenty of rain (which isn't surprising for the UK!) you'll see the amazing cascading waters long before you reach them.


It's a pleasant resting spot on the way to the Tarn offering visitors breath-taking views of Easdale as you look back towards Grasmere.



7) Buckstones Jump


A moderately steep 30-45 minute walk up through fields with sheep will take you to this stunning little wild swimming spot. It's deep enough to dive in and majority of the time you will be there by yourself! It's great for those wanting to try their first wild swim.




8) Thirlmere Infinity Pool


The Thirlmere Infinity Pool is on par with the Buttermere Infinity Pool, but which one is better? Out of the two, Thirlmere is our favourite pool to wild swim, and it's no surprise why - have you seen those views?



We hoped you enjoyed discovering the less known wild swimming spots which are scattered around the Lake District. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Lake District trip even more memorable! All of these wild swimming spots and their exact Google Maps co-ordinates can be found on our Hidden Gem Finder here.


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