Where to Swim in Alston

by | Alston, Attractions

This article is part of our Discover Alston series. You can find more articles here. 

Swim in Alston

With summer finally here and the signs of some good weather for July and August, many of our holiday let guests at Salvin House are wondering where they can take a dip and swim in Alston during their Cumbria staycation.

The South Tyne around Alston offers a number of places where it is suitable to bathe, although you should always be aware of the weather and exercise caution at all times. Most importantly, always check the depth and temperature before jumping into the water. Life jackets are advised for all young people when wild swimming.

Ashgill Force

Swimmers enjoying the natural pools at Ashgill Force waterfall near Alston, Cumbria.

Swimmers take a dip in the refreshing natural pools downstream from Ashgill Force waterfall, a popular spot for summer swimming near Alston, Cumbria.

Located a short distance from Alston on the B6277 road, Ashgill Force offers a number of pools where it is safe to swim in summer. Most are located downstream of the waterfall itself. A popular venue for gorge scrambling groups.

Haltwhistle Open Air Pool

An inviting outdoor swimming pool at Haltwhistle, featuring crystal-clear water surrounded by spacious sunbathing areas with comfortable deck chairs. Nearby, there's a children's playground and a cafe offering refreshments.

Dive into summer fun at Haltwhistle Outdoor Swimming Pool, set in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country. With three heated pools, a giant flume, and a dedicated play area for kids, it’s the perfect spot for a family day out. Enjoy unlimited access to all facilities with your entry fee. #HaltwhistlePool #OutdoorSwimming #FamilyDayOut​

A long-established fixture of the Northumberland summer season, Haltwhistle Swimming Pool actually comprises three swimming pools around half an hour from your holiday cottage in Alsto n. You can take a picnic, set up camp on the grass and make a day of it, secure in the knowledge that lifeguards are on hand to keep an eye on the kids.

Lazonby Lido Pool

A serene outdoor swimming pool at Lazonby, with clear blue water and surrounded by lush green grass. In the background, there's a playground area and a covered seating area for visitors.

Enjoy a refreshing swim at Lazonby Outdoor Swimming Pool, nestled in the picturesque Eden Valley. Perfect for families and groups, the heated pool offers a fun and relaxing escape with amenities including a toddler pool, picnic areas, and nearby campsite. #LazonbyPool #OutdoorSwimming #FamilyFun

Slightly more oriented towards adult swimmers than Haltwhistle, Lazonby Lido Pool is around 30 minutes from your holiday home in Alston, via the stunning Hartside Pass. Run by local volunteers, the pool offers a relaxed and fun place to spend a day, with lunch in the onsite cafe.

Ullswater Wild Swimming

Man wild swimming in Ullswater, UK

A swimmer takes a refreshing dip in the serene waters of Ullswater, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Lake District.

If you want to take things to the next level, why not take a 30 minute guided wild swim in Ullswater with local expert, Colin Hill. Ullswater is only around 40 minutes from your holiday base at Salvin House Alston. Available all year round, with wetsuits provided when needed, these sessions provide a unique perspective on the famous Lake District attraction.

In addition to the above, for those looking to swim in Alston, there are also numerous other open-air pools in the Penrith area, plus an indoor leisure pool in Penrith. Please go to the Visit Eden website for a full list of locations.
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