Black Moss Pot

Just 7 miles from the tourist hot spot of Keswick lies the tiny Lakeland hamlet of Stonethwaite in the beautiful Borrowdale. What makes this place worth getting off the beaten track for? It’s the access point for one of the best wild swimming / plunge pools in the Lakes, a true hidden gem.

We took Josh & Alex from Dream Beach Life out with us, they are passionate about showing off the Lake District’s most amazing places, just like we are (and they’re much better at back flips!).

The fantastic pub, The Langstrath Country Inn in Stonethwaite makes a great starting point. From here, with Stonethwaite Beck on your right, track the beck straight towards the imposing Bleak How. After about a mile or so you will come across the beautiful Gallent Force waterfall. Then cross the wooden foot bridge and walk along the path that follows the adjoining Langstrath Beck on your right. It's worth coming here even if you don’t fancy taking the plunge, as the walk up to Black Moss Pot is stunning with both High Raise and Glaramara flanking the route as you look ahead.

After an easy mile or two, you will come across a section of the beck that opens out wide and shallow over the valley bottom, the Black Moss Pot swimming hole is directly down stream of this.

Video produced by Josh & Alex from Dream Beach Life

The deep pool below the high rock sides make this a fantastic place for thrill seekers looking to take the plunge but it’s also a great place to visit if you fancy a more sedate swim as the pool below is really secluded from passing walkers.

The summer months may be the best time to visit as the water is warmed by the sun as it slowly flows over the shallow, rocky river bed above, although taking the plunge in the cooler months can be really exhilarating, just make sure you’ve something warm and dry to put on afterwards!

Black Moss Pot

Black Moss Pot

Distance from Langdale -

Approx. 27 miles

Approx. 1 hour drive

#WeAreTheLakes

Black Moss Pot is located in valley of Borrowdale and Bassenthwaite. The largest of the 13 Lakeland valleys that make up Lake District World Heritage site and a key part of the Lake District conservation movement. It is home to rare upland hay meadows as well as one of the largest oak woodlands in England which contains many rare, native species including a population of red squirrels. Borrowdale in particular has a long history of human influence including lead and copper mining dating back to 1568.

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#WeAreTheLakes

Black Moss Pot is located in valley of Borrowdale and Bassenthwaite. The largest of the 13 Lakeland valleys that make up Lake District World Heritage site and a key part of the Lake District conservation movement. It is home to rare upland hay meadows as well as one of the largest oak woodlands in England which contains many rare, native species including a population of red squirrels. Borrowdale in particular has a long history of human influence including lead and copper mining dating back to 1568.