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.
Thirlmere Infinity Pool Entrance Fee
It is free to visit this infinity pool.
Thirlmere Infinity Pool Opening Times
Open every day, all year round.
Best Time To Visit Thirlmere Infinity Pool + Tips
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
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.