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Three Shires Head | Hidden Gem in England

Updated: Jan 3

The Three Shires Head is a brilliant spot with lovely waterfalls and pools to swim in! Although it is freezing 90% of the time, it is definitely worth it. The pools are deep enough to have a swim however we do not recommend diving in.

Image of Three Shires Head in England.
Photo taken by @outdoorswimmer via Instagram.

Described as an awesome hidden gem, Three Shires Head has risen to fame since the pandemic but you'll still find it relatively quiet! It's only 35-40 minutes walk from the main walk, in which you'll be greeted with stunning views as well as wildlife.

Brilliant spot with lovely waterfalls and pools to swim in. Nice surroundings to relax and have a picnic. Short walk (1mile) from the layby on the main road so easily accessible, slight climb on the way back. – Google Review

The pools at Three Shires Head are deep enough for a little swim however we strongly advise diving in. It's a great day out when the sun is shining however after a day of heavy rain it looks absolutely amazing!


Things to know before visiting Three Shires Head

  • The best place to park at Three Shires Head is the Gradbach Mill car park.

  • It is dog and child friendly.

  • Unfortunately Three Shires Head is not wheelchair-friendly.

  • You can wild swim at Three Shires Head


Image of Three Shires Head in England.
Photo taken by @resurgent_locations via Instagram.

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