Lakeland Plunge Pools

When its hot its good to take a dip and there are lots of places in the Lakes to do this. The many tarns and lakes, provide a great place to cool off but if you fancy something a bit different there are a lot of hidden spots (and not so hidden) in rivers that offer great water adventures...for all the family.

After most of our weekend campers had left Kestrel Lodge on Bank Holiday Monday we decided an afternoon off with the kids--the furry and non-furry varieties--was in order. So we paid a visit to a little wild swimming spot at Mosedale, in the Northern Lake District. It was a little busier--okay, a lot busier--than we expected it to be, but there are lots of different spots along the river to try. So, we hunted about a little and got away from the crowd. We found a spot all to ourselves, where we could slide down some rapids, jump off rocks into deep pools, and swim in the deep clear--and yes, cold--pool. Wetsuits made a huge difference, and the kids and the dogs had an absolute blast, and the grown-ups managed to avoid hypothermia. A great day was had by all!


There are lots of places like this in the Lakes; some are straight off minor tracks or roads so accessible to all, but sometimes busy because as a result. Others are a hike away and as such are often empty or have very few other swimmers about. The best known is probably Black Moss Pot in Borowdale, up the Langstrath Valley, but this isn't the only one. Feel free to ask us when your staying, we know a few other spots you can try for a little adventure.