What could be more refreshing than the cool clear waters of a secret lake? or finding a hidden waterfall? The Lake District is one of the best places in the world to find a stunning location to take a plunge. Its well known that a natural swim or dip has many health benefits so what are you waiting for? Here are some secret locations to take a wild swim in Cumbria.

Tongue Pot

The legendary Tongue Pot forms a long emerald pool beneath a roaring waterfall in a cleft of the mountain stream, just beneath a mountain packhorse bridge. A pebble beach shelves down on one side of the pool into the crystal clear water and an oak tree overhangs. On each side sheer rock walls rise up, making the place famous for jumps. When the sun is shining there is no better place on earth to be.

Pass the Woolpack Inn in Boot (CA19 1TH) to park by the telephone at the bottom of Hardknott Pass. Follow the riverside path up for 2 miles to the bridge and confluence with Lingcove Beck.

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Sour Milk Ghyll, Grasmere

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The stream that flows through Easedale is called Sour Milk Ghyll. Although it is only a small stream it has created an impressive series of waterfalls and plunge pools. The falls are named after the milky appearance of the frothy white cascades, it’s a very pretty spot. You can park in Grasmere Village near Alan Bank and follow the signs to Easdale Tarn. If you continue up past the falls it soon opens up and you will find Easdale Tarn.

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Whorneyside Force

This secret waterfall might just be one of our favourites. Very few people know about and even less visit so we will let you do your homework on how to find this one! The spectacular plunge pool and waterfall will not disappoint once you do find it... It's a perfect low level walk, in the most spectacular surroundings.

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