Wild swimming in the Lake District at Buckstones Jump - a perfect spot


Buckstones Jump in the Lake District is a perfect spot for a bit of wild swimming

A walk to Buckstones jump - A superb spot for a bit of wild swimming in the Lake District 

Buckstones Jump is well-known spot for wild swimming in the Lake District and is a short walk (about 45 mins up a gentle hill from the car park at Rydal Hall). It's set in beautiful surroundings and with it's elevated spot it has breathtaking views all the way down to Windermere.

Buckstones Jump has a small shingle beach to ease gently into the deeper water which you can swim in (and even jump into if you jump far enough from the surrounding rock face) There's a waterfall too which some people use as a natural slide but you might get a few bumps off it (search on Youtube for some vids of it!). Buckstones Jump also has a large grassy areas all around it - ideal for a picnic. It's an absolutely perfect spot to be honest - which can be it's draw back as I imagine on warm summer weekends you won’t be the only ones there!

Buckstones Jump
Buckstones Jump is a perfect location for wild swimming in the Lake District

Walking to Buckstones Jump overview:

Buckstones Jump walk distance: 2 miles in total (1 mile there, 1 mile back!)

Time to walk to Buckstones jump: 45 minutes (1.5 hour round trip + stopping time)

Walk difficulty: Easy (Gentle uphill to Buckstones Jump)

Here you can see the map route of our walk to Buckstones Jump from the car park at Rydal Hall (£5 all day pay at reception). We done this route in an anti-clockwise direction, headed to the famous falls at Rydal first, then through Rydal campsite and then just followed teh footpath keeping Rydal Beck on our left. About half way to Buckstones jump the path will take you away (east) from Rydal Beck for a short way - so just make sure you keep your bearings (keep checking your GPS) and go left after going over the wall - always making sure Rydal Beck is never too far away on your left. You'll then just come across a little hill which will be hiding Buckstones Jump - just head up and over the hill and there it is. You can either come back the way you came or on the other side of Rydal Beck!

Here you can see the gentle uphill section you will walk for about 45 mins. The path can be boggy at times and close to the waterfalls and steep ravine of Rydal Beck - so treat it like any other walk and wear the right walking footwear. It's not like a trip to the beach and walking in flip flops ;-)

Photos of the Buckstones Jump Walk:

You've got to visit the famous falls at Rydal Hall - a bridge takes you directly over this viewpoint so it's very accessible   

You'll pass many waterfalls on your way along Rydal Beck - all a good location for a wild swim in themselves!

And here we are - Buckstones Jump - what an idyllic spot and nobody else about on this mid-week day

There is plenty of shallow water for younger kids to have a paddle about around the shingle beach

The views up here are incredible - all the way down to Windermere and the surrounding fells

Time to get in! The water gets deep quite quickly and after about 10ft from the shingle beach I can't stand up! The current is pretty strong from the waterfall too - ideal to get fit and practice swimming on the spot if you want ha! I'd seen videos on youtube of people jumping in here - but the rock face goes in the water at about a 45 degree angle - so you would have to jump well away from it to find deep water, but it's possible. Apparently you can go down the natural water slide too - but I've put a few pounds on lately and didn't want to get stuck haha 

What a spot for a swim!

After a good swim and hanging around Buckstones Jump for about an hour - we head back via Rydal Beck

Post by Stuart Hodgson 
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