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The Black Moss Potter Wild Swim


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The Black Moss Potter takes a ramble up the wonderful Langstrath Valley, right at the heart of Borrowdale, to enjoy prolonged dips in the delightful pools of Langstrath and Stonethwaite Beck. The highlight of the day is a swim in the fabled Black Moss Pot, the holy grail of pot and dub dippers. You will never have so much fun in such a short stretch of water!

This swimming adventure is for the wild swimming connoisseur who enjoys the journey as much as the swimming. The trail is easy-going, the view is one of the best in Lakeland and you could drink the water straight from the beck it’s so clear.

Come and join us for a chilled-out walk in the fells with plenty of time for swimming, dipping, fun, tea and cake. This will be a day out that you will never forget.

2022 Dates: Thursday, 14 July | Saturday, 13 August | Thursday, 1 September

Start Time: 09:00 to finish by approx 15:00. Meeting location, itinerary and parking information will be emailed to you upon booking.

Includes: Fully guided trip run by qualified mountain leaders and swim guides. Hot chocolate/tea and cake provided throughout the day. You can swim in your costume or bring your wetsuit, it’s up to you (wetsuit and equipment hire available with prior notice).

Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for regular outdoor swimmers and hill walkers and anyone with a sense of adventure who can swim. This is a day of dipping, so your swimming prowess and swim fitness level really don’t matter.
Hiking distance is 8km along the gently undulating track and trail. Be prepared for a few hours of steady valley walking on possibly wet, uneven but easy terrain. The swims require agility with clambering down river banks and over boulders.

Black Moss Potter duration: Approximately 6 hours.

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Product Description

The Black Moss Potter wild swim is the kind of swimming we do on our days off. In our opinion this is real wild swimming at its best; the kind that we did without thinking when we were kids. It rekindles the love of playing in the water and the exhilaration of a grand day out on the fells.

We visit a number of perfect pools overshadowed by majestic crags and ridges in this often overlooked valley. When we stop to swim we will dip, swim, scramble and explore… we might even jump in a few times! Then, depending on the weather, we will either sunbathe ourselves dry or get our cosy clothes back on and enjoy a hot brew next to the beck. We will then continue on to do it all again in an equally beautiful spot, but with a completely different character.

The Black Moss Potter is a great day out for nature lovers

Throughout the day we will stop for tea and cake and lunch and perhaps talk swimming with our friendly and knowledgeable swimming guides

As we walk, don’t ignore the ancient woodlands that cling to the dramatic fellside. These are the Atlantic Oakwoods, the temperate rain forests that once cloaked much of the Western Seaboard of Europe, along with its secretive and often unobserved wildlife. Borrowdale is the ‘front line’ of defence for red squirrels in Cumbria, so you get top marks for a sighting.

Listen out for buzzards and peregrine falcons soaring overhead. The raven is relatively common throughout the valley and during the summer months the striking pied flycatcher takes up residence in the forest. Roe Deer are often seen in the woodlands and the larger Red Deer can be found on the high fells above the tree line.

On the ground, these ancient pastures reveal an incredible diversity of plants. The Borrowdale valley has a nationally significant collection of outstanding rare lichens and a rich variety of fungi in the autumn. We hope you come to love it all as much as we do.

The Black Moss Potter Itinerary

As always in mountainous areas, our itinerary is dependent on the weather but we hope to enjoy all that Borrowdale has to offer. We will meet in Rosthwaite with the meeting place, venue and itinerary to be confirmed upon booking. We can provide a wetsuit for this swim with our low-cost hire if needed, Swimming and dipping in just your costume is encouraged if the forecast is fine.  Wetsuit hire here.

Please see the FAQ and Essential Info tab on the left for more information on what to expect and what to bring etc.

4 reviews for The Black Moss Potter Wild Swim

  1. Swim the Lakes

    Hello Andrea and Peter,

    Just an email to say how much Richard and I enjoyed our day out with you for the Black Moss Potter. We were so fortunate with the hot weather. I find it hard to believe that the water could be 15 deg. Liz Coatsworth

  2. Jo

    Hello Andrea and Pete,
    Thank you for such a lovely, lovely day today. I had such a wonderful day with you all and loved the walks and each pool. Everyone we dipped into was better and better because each was so different. A perfect day and wow!! You arranged the weather fantastically well! How do you do that?!
    Thank you both so much….tea and gingerbread was delicious too.
    Best wishes to you both,

  3. Jeanette Quinn

    Hi Pete & Alison,

    Thanks for a great day on Saturday. I’m a lightweight when it comes to swimming. I’m more of a walker but I genuinely enjoy swimming outdoors.

    It was a FUN day and after being stuck in through COVID and lock down it was like an explosion of freedom and joy.
    You have a great business and I wish you the best of luck for the future.

    Kind Regards

  4. Liz Lavelle

    Pete you are so good at this. Show us where the swims are, keep us all safe but stand back and let the dubs and the hills do their stuff . Ali was great at this too. Thank you

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How fit do I need to be for the Black Moss Potter?

For this adventure swim a good level of hiking fitness is recommended, please ensure that you are able to walk comfortably over rough ground for at least 8km (5 miles). Confidence in the water and the ability to swim is essential, although beginners to wild swimming are welcome. There will be approximately 3.5 hours (group dependent) of moderate walking on uneven tracks and trails to get to our swimming locations.
The swims require agility with clambering down river banks and over boulders.

The swims and walking will be easy-moderate paced with an emphasis on enjoying the journey and surroundings. We aim to satisfy the swimming aspirations of all of our guests without any compromise in your safety.

How far will we swim and hike?

Dip/Swimming: negligible distance, maximum fun.
Hiking distance: approx 8km

Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes, Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible and at least 24hrs before your trip. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here. You can also ring 015394 33826.

What will the weather be like?

It could be sunny and still, it could be windy or rainy, but we do know you are going to have a great time. Please check the weather forecast before you travel and bring suitable clothing and footwear.

What shall I bring?

• Swimwear, cap and goggles (to watch the trout swim under you)
• Wetsuit if you really need one (we hire very good quality wetsuits at a cost of £6/person for this swim). We recommend just swimming costumes with perhaps a neoprene rash vest depending on the weather.
• Pack towel or lightweight changing robe.
• Waterproofs, outdoor clothing, a spare fleece, warm socks and boots.
• Warm hat and gloves and/or sunhat, shades and sunscreen.
• Insect repellent.
• A rucksack large enough to carry your kit in.
• Packed lunch, snacks and drink
• Flask of hot drink.
• Small waterproof drybag for phone and keys.
• Sitmat.
• Big smiles and an Open Mind.

How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit?

The rivers and beck of Borrowdale vary in temperature between 10-15 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions.
If you would like to swim without a wetsuit and are conditioned to swimming in cool water, then just bring what you usually swim in. If you think you’ll get cold or you want to optimise your time in the water, bring a wetsuit or a thermal neoprene rash vest.

What do I do with my phone and keys?
Keys and phone should be kept in a separate waterproof drybag or plastic bag and taken with you.

Where do we park?
Details of car parks will be emailed to you upon booking.

Wetsuits: Wear swimwear or if you want to stay in longer we advise neoprene rash-vest or shortie / full wetsuit. Please arrange wetsuit hire in advance from the link below.

Wetsuit Hire: Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and can be booked here.

Group Size: min – max: 5 – 16
Confirmation Email: We will send a confirmation after booking, please check your ‘spam folder’ etc.

Trip Caution: Open water swimming by its very nature involves a natural outdoor environment. Although unlikely, there is always a possibility that we may need to make changes to the itinerary due to, for example, weather conditions, water conditions or other issues that may affect safe operation or organisation.

Please read our Swim Trip FAQ’s to ensure you are well prepared and get the most Please read our Swim Trip FAQ’s to ensure you are well prepared and get the most from your swimming adventure.

All participants must be 16 years or over, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Swim Trips FAQ’s
For more information such as kit suggestions, fitness levels please read our Swim Trips FAQ’S here.

Happy Swimming

Pete & Andrea

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