Who doesnt love finding a great location for the kids to paddle in the water, over the past couple of years we have found some amazing places and wanted to share them with you as we are now coming into Summer.
These are areas we have been too for the kids too paddle ( a couple we have been too during colder weather but they are still suitable for paddling ) some areas are really busy during peak times so be prepared, we often look for quiet areas and head up stream too find quieter spots, we use OS Maps too check for waterfalls and streams that we can check out beforehand.
Please use sensible precautions around water, some areas are very deep and children should be supervised at all times
🔸Top tips for safer open water swimming🔸
Get to know where you are swimming and check the condition before you or the children going in.
Make sure you are fully equipped.
Please remember the water in rivers/ steams is cold.
Make sure someone knows where you are
Take note of local safety advice and respect the countryside, landowners and other users.
Glenridding is a small village on Ullswater which is the second largest lake in the English Lake District, being about 9 miles long and 0.75 miles wide, with a maximum depth a little over 60 metres.
There is various laybys around the lake suitable for paddling.
PAY AND DISPLAY PARKING-The Pier House, Glenridding, Penrith CA11 0US
FACILITIES- Cafe, Shop, Pub, Boat hire, Ride the Ullswater steamers, Toilets, Walking trails, Play area,great for open water swimming or paddling with a stone beach and large grass area for picnics
AIRA FORCE -ULLSWATER
Discover a place full of adventure, and make special memories with the whole family this spring at Aira Force. From splashing through streams and hiding behind towering trees in the woods to becoming a red squirrel detective, we’ve got the lot.
PARKING- National Trust near Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0JS
FACILITIES- Cafe, shop and toilets, nature trail too the waterfalls
RIVER ESK- ESKDALE VALLEY
Most beautiful valley walking from 1.5 to 5 miles along a series of waterfalls and pools of crystal clear water
The river Esk starts it's journey to the sea from high in the fells at Esk Hause, passing through Great Moss at the base of Scafell Pike then tumbling down through a narrow gorge and a series of waterfalls
FREE CAR PARK - Bottom of Hardknott Pass Holmrook, CA19 1TH or Lay By just before the red telephone box which is the start of the walk.
FACILITIES-Non at the start but there is a shop at Eskdale Green
GALLENY FORCE -STONETHWAITE
The area around the force is known locally as Fairy Glen, It is a magical place, with plunge pools in deep gorges, use OS Maps to follow the path along Stonethwaite Beck
PARKING- Small parking areas in Stonethwaite, CA12 5XG or Rosthwaite NT just before Stonethwaite is CA125XB
FACILITIES- Public toilets adjacent to car park at Rosthwaite, along with a tea room; At Stonethwaite, the Langstrath Inn serves lunches and evening meals, and snacks at other times
Coniston Water is about five miles long and half a mile wide. Above its western shore, the mountain of the Old Man of Coniston towers above the lake and the village.
PARKING- Coniston Boating centre, Lake Rd, Coniston LA21 8EW
Also areas along the shoreline too park and paddle hat may be quieter, or parking in Coniston village which has shops, pubs.
FACILITIES-Boat Hire, paddleboards, bike hire, Cafe and toilets, large stone beach area
Wast Water or Wastwater is a lake located in Wasdale, a valley in the western part of the Lake District National Park, England. The lake is almost 3 miles long and more than one-third mile wide. It is a glacial lake, formed in a glacially 'over-deepened' valley. It is the deepest lake in England at 258 feet, it is one of the coldest we have paddled in so be prepared.
PARKING-Wasdale Car park CA20 1EX is the main car park for Scafell Pike, also has toilets and a small shop. Along the road too the car park is various laybys and parking spots which are great for paddling
FACILITIES-Wasdale head Inn has food and camping. Main car park has toilets and small shop but check for opening times.
BIRKS BRIDGE- DUTTON VALLEY
It's a tranquil remote wild region of the Lake District and Cumbria where walkers, climbers, cyclists and Nature lovers can roam and discover a sense of refreshment amid scenery which has changed little over the years. Through it flows the River Duddon which rises at the highest point of Wrynose Pass to begin a 15 mile journey to the Duddon Estuary and the sea.
PARKING- Birks bridge LA20 6EG
But various places too park along the road driving into the valley.
FACILITIES- Pubs along the route
BROCK BOTTOM- FOREST OF BOWLAND
Located about ten miles north of Preston and on the very western edge of the Forest of Bowland. the picnic site and nature trail is a beauty spot along the river.
FREE PARKING-Brock Mill Ln, Claughton, Preston PR3 0PP
FACILITIES- No toilets or cafe, closest will be at Beacon Fell 10 minutes away.
LANGDEN BROOK-FOREST OF BOWLAND
Langden Valley is managed by United Utilities but is open to visitors is in the beautiful Trough of Bowland in Lancashire. This is an area of outstanding beauty and is home to a range of wildlife including many birds. It has beautiful of moorland, woodland and flowing mountain streams of which Langden Brook, in Langden Valley.
FREE PARKING-Langden Brook, Trough of Bowland BB7 3BJ
FACILITIES-Non enroute but Dunstop Bridge is 10 minutes away and has a cafe, toilets, play area.
Gaddings Dam is an 1833 earth embankment dam located on top of the moors between Todmorden and Walsden.
The reservoir was rescued by a determined group of locals who bought the dam, repaired it, and now continue to maintain it to the standards.
There is no road access to Gaddings Dam, it can only be reached by a steep hike on a rough footpath to the top of the moors.
PARKING- Opposite the Shepards rest Inn Gaddings Dam, Todmorden, Lumbutts Road, Todmorden, OL14 6JJ
FACILITIES-Pub facing the car park and in the nearest town,
DOES GET REALLY BUSY IN PEAK TIMES, WE WOULD ONLY ATTEMPT DURING THE WEEK
CROOK O LUNE-CATON
Crook O' Lune Picnic Site is a popular and attractive spot, (Accessible Toilets) where the River Lune travels a big curve through tree-lined banks.…
PARKING- Crook O' Lune, Lancashire, LA2 9NB
FACILITIES- Toilets, nearest shops is Caton just up the road
RIVER HODDER- WHITEWELL
Whitewell is a hamlet within the civil parish of Bowland Forest Low and Ribble Valley borough of Lancashire, England. It is in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
PARKING-Inn at Whitewell, Near Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3AT
But you can drive from here to Dunstop bridge to find laybys or park at dunstop for a bigger car park, and the river is facing the car park
FACILITIES- Parking on the road facing the pub, stepping stones across the river, no other facilities.
MARLES WOOD- BLACKBURN
Situated on Ribchester road from the Ribchester Bridge over the Ribble towards Whalley. Offering a base for the countryside walks and a pleasant riverside walk to Dinkley Suspension Bridge and Stonyhurst College. There is a small metalled car park which offers access to the Ribble and the Ribble Way.
PARKING-Small car park Ribchester Rd, Blackburn BB6 8AL
FACILITIES-NON ENROUTE, but there is shops in Ribchester.
Brungerley Bridge dates from the late Georgian period and is a handsome structure in a picturesque setting. Before a bridge was built, people crossed here by using the Brungerley Hipping Stones, stepping stones that crossed the River Ribble.
PARKING- Roadside parking- Waddington Rd, Clitheroe BB7 2HJ
FACILITIES-Waddington has public toilets, shops and pubs but non at the parking area.
Semerwater is the second largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, England, after Malham Tarn. It is half a mile long, covers 100 acres and lies in Raydale, opposite the River Bain. A private pay and display parking area is at the foot of the lake.
Cautley Spout is England's highest waterfall above ground. The broken cascade of falls tumbles a total of 650 feet down a cliff face at the head of a wild and bleak glacial valley that comes down from a high plateau called The Calf.
1-2 miles walk to the waterfalls, but you can stop at the river in half mile form parking.
PARKING-Roadside parking just north of the Cross Keys Public House on the A683 Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen road, Sedbergh, LA10 5NE
FACILITIES-Non enroute but pub near by
HIGH FORCE/LOW FORCE-BARNARD CASTLE
High Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England. The River Tees has been plunging into this gorge for thousands of years but the rocks it reveals are far more ancient – with origins dating back over 300 million years!
DONT PARK IN THE WATERFALL CAR PARK, AS THIS TAKES YOU ON THE OPPOSITE PATH, AND YOU HAVE TO PAY TO WALK TOO THE WATERFALL VIA A PLATFORM. PARKING AT BOWLEES IS A LITTLE FURTHER BUT YOU WALK THE FULL WATERFALL TRAIL INCLUDEIN LOW FORCE, WITH VARIOUS PLACES TO STOP AND PADDLE;.
PARKING -Bowlees Visitor centre, Newbiggin DL12 0XE
FACILITIES-Visitior centre, cafe and toilets
You can also enjoy a nice walk fropm the car park too summerhill force, sign posed form the back of the car park
INGLETON WATERFALL TRAIL
The trail follows a well-defined footpath which runs as close to the edge of the two rivers as possible to provide spectacular views of the waterfalls. The path includes a large number of steps which means that it is unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. We would advise wearing walking boots or strong shoes.
PARKING-PAY AND DISPLAY TICKET PRICES
Adult £8.00 (16 years & over)
Child £4.00 (under 16 years)
MUST HAVE TICKETS TOO ENTER THE WATERFALLS
FACILITIES=Toilets, cafe, ice cream, play area and half way is Ice cream van and another cafe and toilets.
Flintergill is located in the picturesque village of Dent located within the Yorkshire Dales. The walk circulates and brings you to a view point which gives spectacular panoramic views of Dentdale’s magnificent surroundings.
Steep walk up a stone path, its off the beaten track but go too the top of the path and find a area to paddle, sometimes the river has minimal water. You can also paddle in the river Dee that runs through Dent.
PARKING-Pay and display Dent Village Heritage Centre, Dent, Near Sedbergh, LA10 5QJ
FACILITIES- Toilets, cafe, shop. play area in the village
JANETS FOSS- MALHAM
This is a popular walk from Malham village to the magical waterfall at Janet's Foss. The route follows the beck along gravel and flagged paths through fields, and then through the woodland on rough and rocky tracks, You can enjoy a circular walk including Gordale Scar and Malham cove.
PARKING- Pay and display Malham Village, North Yorkshire BD23 4DA
FACILITIES- Visitor centre, shop, pub, cafe and toilets
3 mile return walk too Janets foss
Grassington Weir is in Linton, Skipton in North Yorkshire. A large grassy area of riverside common with two weirs and a Waterfall or Gorge plus footbridge. Popular, and sociable.
You can walk along the river to find quieter spots in either direction.
PARKING-National Park Centre, Colvend, Hebden Road, Grassington, North Yorkshire, BD23 5LB
FACILITIES-Visitor centre, toilets, the village is a couple of minutes walk which has all facilities.
Check the website as car parking tickets must be booked beforehand
Enjoy a fun day, for all the family in the great outdoors. Wander across the moors and along the woodland and riverside paths. Indulge in retail therapy and afternoon tea with friends. Events on throughout the year for kids so please check.
PARKING- There is a few main car parks on the estate so please check the website first
FACILITIES-Cafe, Toilets, stepping stones, nature trails
Kisdon Force is a series of waterfalls on the River Swale in Swaledale, England. The falls are situated at grid reference NY898010 within the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the county of North Yorkshire, 500 metres downstream from the small hamlet of Keld.
PARKING-Donation box too park at the farm River Swale, Keld, Richmond DL11 6LJ
FACILITIES-Toilets, Cafe, Ice cream