Wild Swimming at Wasdale Head

Duration:Half Day
Activity:For kids - things to do before you're 11¾

A short walk (1.3 miles) along a gentle track East from the parking at Wasdale Head takes you to this fantastic swimming dub. Called the Blue Lagoon by the valley Rangers, this is an ideal spot to cool down on a hot summers day. Surrounded by the towering peaks of Great Gable and Lingmell, lie back in the pool and soak up the views. The pool is about four feet at its deepest and a little further up the beck is a small waterfall that doubles as a power shower! You couldn’t ask for more on a warm day.

Don't forget your towel!

Further Information

Planning your visit:

At the head of the valley about 150m from the car park you will find the Wasdale Head Inn, public toilets and an outdoor shop. Public houses are also situated at Santon Bridge, Nether Wasdale & Gosforth. National Trust Campsite and separate pay & display car park available at end of Wastwater Lake. Closest petrol station is at Holmrook on A595.

Start point:

Sat Nav: CA20 1EX. This will bring you past the lake and onto Wasdale Head.

How to get here:

From the north: From Gosforth, follow secondary roads to Wastwater Lake. The road continues along the lakeshore and parking is available at Wasdale Head.

From the south: At Greenodd turn right onto A5092 to Foxfield (Broughton-In-Furness) via Grizebeck. At Duddon Bridge (traffic lights) continue onto A595 through to Gosforth (via Bootle/Holmrook). From Gosforth, follow secondary roads to Wastwater Lake. This will bring you along the lake shore to the parking area at Wasdale head. Park at NY186 084. The pool is at NY207 093, OS Explorer map OL6 (The English Lakes Southwestern area).

There are many other activities to experience in Wasdale if you're planning an extended trip. Bring along your mountain bikes and explore the moderate trails of Nether Wasdale, view England's highest peaks with our Wasdale valley walk, and even get out on to Wastwater with a paddle.

By Steve Jolley

How to get here

Wasdale Head Car Park

Wasdale Head CA20 1

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

NY 186 085

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