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Thirlmere Infinity Pool In The Lake District – A Complete Guide

Sitting in the midst of a tiered waterfall is Thirlmere Infinity Pool, a real hidden gem in the beautiful Lake District. Here is a guide about this little beauty.

How To Get To Thirlmere Infinity Pool

Thirlmere Infinity Pool is located just a 10 minute drive south of the town of Keswick, off the main A591 in the Lake District.

Head for ‘The Lodge in the Vale’ on google maps, which is off the A591.

Just before you get there you will see the Thirlmere Community Hall which is where you want to park to begin your walk up to the infinity pool.

Parking is free. However, you will find an ‘honesty box’ for parking donations and £2 is the recommended amount to leave – you will need cash for this.

From the car park head right and follow the path that leads up Stanah Lane.

Shortly up the road you will find a gate and a sign that reads ‘Path to sticks pass.’

After this the trail is pretty simple if you stick to the wall and keep heading right.

It takes around 25-30 minutes until you reach an wide open trail that you scramble up to reach the Thirlmere Infinity Pool.

If in doubt the google map coordinates of the waterfall are: 54.5546344, -3.0489448.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

If you don’t have a car you could always rent one with RentalCars here.  

Thirlmere Infinity Pool Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Thirlmere infinity pool.

Thirlmere Infinity Pool Opening Times

Thirlmere Infinity Pool is accessible all day, every day.

However I wouldn’t advise visiting after dark as it could be dangerous.

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Thirlmere Community Hall where we parked up.
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Heading out of the car park and up Stanah Lane.
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The first gate you’ll hit to make sure you’re on the right track.
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Followed by many more gates along the way.
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The wall leads the way to Thirlmere Infinity Pool so stay close to it.

Best Time To Visit Thirlmere Infinity Pool

Although we had Thirlmere Infinity Pool to ourselves, this hidden gem is slowly becoming more well known. Hence, on hot days and especially during peak season you will find a few more visitors.

Therefore, you may want to get here early in the morning or late in the evening to have this beauty to yourself.

I would recommend wearing long pants for the walk to the infinity pool and taking insect repellent for the pesky midges.

It’s best to visit before dark to enjoy the amazing views and to make the climb up safely.

Sunset would be the perfect time to visit as the edge of the pool faces the setting sun!

Don’t forget your camera as there are some great photo opportunities.

If you’re looking for other things to do in the area, it’s not far from Keswick so a Walla Crag Walk could be a good idea.

Alternatively, you have Moss Force Waterfall just a half an hour drive away.

Or even take a drive to the popular town of Penrith.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

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Scrambling through the bushes.
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The final incline towards the top of the waterfall.
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Thirlmere Infinity Pool is right there.

What To Expect At Thirlmere Infinity Pool

To reach the infinity pool there is a relatively easy to follow trail that will take roughly 25 – 30 minutes. However, there are some quite steep inclines in parts.

As you walk up the trail you have incredible, scenic views that stretch out over the Lake District and in particular Thirlmere Lake.

With this GetYourGuide tour you can visit the 6 lakes and  enjoy all its natural beauty.

In addition to the beautiful surroundings, including bracken and pretty heather, you may well see sheep and cattle on your walk, as the trail is surrounded by farm land.

When you reach the beautiful waterfall you will see that it cascades down in multiple tiers, some being a lot taller than others and the naturally formed infinity pool sits in the midst of them.

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The view arriving at the top of the falls.
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Josh filming some B-roll for the vlog.
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The main swimming area and infinity pool.
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The view overlooking Thirlmere Lake.

The Best Infinity Pool In The Lake District

The easiest way to access the infinity pool is via the rocks on the right hand side as you’re looking out.

Please take care because it can get slippery when wet and there are some steep drops.

The pool is quite small so more of a plunge pool than an actual place to swim. Although you might manage a few strokes.

The water in the pool is lovely and clear, although it was extremely cold on the day that I took a dip so I didn’t stay in for very long.

The views are stunning and the edge of the pool faces towards the setting sun, making sunset an amazing time to visit.

There are rocks to sit on around the edge of the pool (in the water) and I would imagine, on a hot day, this being the ideal spot to sit and chill.

This is a little-known area presently, so you won’t see too many tourists, again making for a great place to hang out with friends in the summer or enjoy a picnic.

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Drone footage overlooking Thirlmere Infinity Pool.
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The many tiers of the falls.
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A hidden gem amongst the greenery of the Lake District.
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Like something out of a movie.
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Taking in the view from Thirlmere Infinity Pool.
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An evening well spent!

Where To Stay In The Lake District

Luxury

Lakes Hotel & Spa

This luxurious hotel is perfectly situated with views of Lake Windermere, a short stroll from the village of Bowness-on-Windermere.

The hotel can arrange collection from Windemere station which is just 10 minutes away.

Lakes Hotel & Spa has some of the best on-site facilities in the area, half of the rooms with hot tubs on private balconies. There’s also an on-site spa, a stylish restaurant and a cocktail bar. As well as bike hire, wakesurfing and paddleboading.

There are many walks that you can take straight from the hotel gates, and there are even boats that travel the length of Windermere, making it easy to visit surrounding areas.

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Mid-Budget

The George Hotel by Best Western

This traditional hotel stands in the very centre of the bustling market town of Penrith.

Free parking and free Wi-Fi is available at the property. Meals are available to enjoy in the intimate, candlelit Devonshire restaurant which boasts a beautiful open fire.

The wood panelling and old local wall prints combine to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where many generations of loyal visitors have returned time after time.

Budget

Albany House

Located in Penrith, Albany House offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation with free WiFi access throughout.

Guests benefit from free public parking facilities near the accommodation. The property also boasts a 4 gold-star rating from the AA, along with breakfast awards.

Rooms at Albany House B&B come with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and either an en-suite or external bathroom.

Breakfast is available between 8:00 and 9:00 every morning in the common breakfast room.

For more places to stay in the Lake District, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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Thirlmere Infinity Pool In The Lake District Waterfall

AJ

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

Recreation centre parking on Stanah Lane is now closed due to volunteer staff and local residents being verbally abused, car park littered and fouled(!) by visitors to the infinity pool. The Lodge in the Vale car park is private - for hotel residents only - so the only parking nearby is Legburthwaite car park (500 yards past The Lodge in the Vale) where there are also public toilets. The pool and trail to it are littered with clothing, rubbish and broken glass