Wild Swimming in the Peak District

The Peak District is a true natural wonderland, with rolling hills and breathtaking valleys that make it a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

However, one of the more underrated ways to experience the Peak District is through some of the many wild swimming spots hidden within.

We partnered up with wild swimming enthusiast Hannah (@feather39 on Instagram), to showcase 5 of the best wild swimming spots the Peak District has to offer.

Dive into Nature: 5 Breathtaking Wild Swimming Spots in the Peak District

River Ashop

The River Ashop is a remote and rugged river that flows through the heart of the Peak District. It's a great spot for wild swimming, with clear waters and plenty of secluded spots to explore.

It's surrounded by stunning countryside, with hills and valleys providing the perfect backdrop for a quick dip.

There's also plenty of walking trails in the area, so it's definitely a spot worth checking out on a hot summer's day. This particular spot is only a short walk through Snake Woodlands.

I love being surrounded by trees and snake woodlands is definitely one of those places you can enjoy being lost in.

The River Ashop provides an ideal spot for a quick dip on a sunny day whilst exploring the area

Slippery Stones

Located in the Upper Derwent Valley, Slippery Stones is a hidden gem surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Peak District.

The journey there may be a bit of a trek, but the tranquil waters and peaceful atmosphere make it well worth the effort.

This secluded swimming spot offers clear (albeit brown) water surrounded by hills and moors, perfect for a refreshing dip after the journey there.

Slippery Stones is accessible via a 5-6-mile walk from the Fairholmes car park, making it a perfect location for a day out in the countryside for those who fancy the hike.

The first time I visited Upper Derwent valley I was amazed that it was in the UK as it's forestĀ and scenery made it look similar to photos I'd seen of Scotland and Canada.

Slippery Stones is up there in my top swim spots and is always a great swim in the winter months if you are looking for somewhere peaceful surrounded by nature.

Three Shires Head

Three Shires Head is a natural beauty spot where three different counties - Derbyshire, Cheshire, and Staffordshire - meet.

The River Dane and the Black Brook converge here, creating a beautiful natural pool. It's one of the more popular swimming spots in the Peak District.

The water is nice and clear, and the surrounding rocks create perfect spots for entry. There are also plenty of grassy areas for sunbathing or a picnic, making Three Shires Head a great day out in the summer.

The location also an interesting bit of history behind it - it was once a popular hangout spot for criminals in the 18th century, who would take advantage of the county borders by running into one of the three respective counties if the authorities arrived.

This is my favourite place for an easy circular hike with a swim in the middle. The pool underneath the bridge is rocky but perfectly sloped to make it possible to ease yourself slowly in to the cold water, which is great for beginners.

River Dove

The River Dove is a popular spot for wild swimming, and it's not hard to see why.

It's a beautiful river that winds its way through the Peak District National Park, with plenty of picturesque spots for a dip.

One of the best areas is at Beresford Dale, as it's easier to get in and out of the water, there's also plenty of walks and trails along the riverbank, so it's a great spot for a day trip.

It's a magical little spot with a sandy bank, deep enough to be able to swim a few metres which is ideal if you prefer to move about a bit instead of dipping

Withens Brook

Withens Brook is one of the more underrated swimming spots in the Peak District, but one definitely worth visiting, if you can find the secret trail.

It's a hidden waterfall which pours into a large pool, making this spot a peaceful sanctuary for dedicated wild swimmers to come and relax.

Withens brook has got to be up there in my top 5 swim spots in the UK. It is a picturesque waterfall you can actually sit behind and is only a short walk down a hidden trail.

The Peak District is a stunning place to explore, and wild swimming is a great way to experience its natural beauty. Slippery Stones, Three Shires Head, River Dove, Heyden Brook, and River Ashop are just a few of the many incredible swimming locations in the Peak District, and each offers its own unique experience. Whether you're a seasoned swimmer or a first-timer, the Peak District has something for everyone.

When you're wild swimming in the Peak District, it's important to keep safety in mind. Ideally you're best swimming with a friend, and be sure to check the depth and temperature of the water before jumping in. It's also a good idea to wear a wetsuit or a swimsuit to keep you warm if the water is chilly. You can find more information on how to start wild swimming in our beginner's guide.

Regatta Great Outdoors has a range of swimwear that's perfect for wild swimming in the Peak District, including swimsuits and changing robes. Check out our latest range over at our Men's Swimwear & Women's Swimwear collections.

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