Temperatures are dropping in shallow Midlands lakes,
but Dosthill Quarry is still 16 degrees on the surface.
The lake is open for swimming 7 days this week, but it’s your
last chance this year for Monday-Wednesday swims.
So make the most of the next 3 days
to have a social swim with your “after work” swim buddies.
It’s a great opportunity to get a low cost night swim in our floodlit lake.
Dusks are Mon 19:21, Tue 19:19, Wed 19:16.
Opening Times This Week
Mon-Wed, 5-8pm, £5 adults, £2.50 U15’s & dogs.
Thu-Fri, 1-9pm, & Sat-Sun, 7am-4pm,
£7 adults, £3.50 U15’s & dogs.
Come direct from work, and get a day &/or night swim!
No “Swimmer’s Itch” or poisonous algae!
Just clear, clean, ultra pure spring water,
packed with healthy minerals.
And enjoy our heated changing, tasty snacks, hot drinks,
and “Social Hot Choc & Cake” after your swim!
WATCH THIS SPACE
This Tuesday 1 October we are launching an exciting SwimSaver Club at Dosthill Quarry.
REGISTRATION IS FREE!
On your first visit after registration you pay only £10
for your SwimSaver Incentives Card which includes
your first 2 daytime or night swims worth £7 each.
From then till 31 March 2020 you can swim day or night, for 30 hours every week,
for just £5 each per day, including unlimited FREE parking,
heated changing before & after your swim, and the clean healthy water of Dosthill Quarry.
And every month we’ll be adding exciting SwimSaver Incentives to your Club Membership.
If you have any queries please call, text or email me at 07928 562916 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Forster, Dosthill Quarry
Important Information About Dosthill Quarry
Stressed with work &/or the kids? Lose that stress
and come to Dosthill Quarry, and enjoy a relaxing swim!
Our pure, magnesium-packed water and picturesque location
are so calming, your tensions will float away!
With the opportunity of a floodlit night swim
from October to March, it is the ultimate way to relax.
BUT REGISTER (for FREE) by completing the online form further down this page.
It’s easily the warmest lake in the region throughout the winter because of its depth, which retains the summer heat longer, compared to most local lakes which are much shallower, and lose their heat quickly. e.g. In the winter, shallow lakes can dip under 2 degrees, while Dosthill Quarry can be at 7 degrees on the surface. So the lake will be warmer than shallow regional lakes until around April.
So continue to enjoy your swimming for longer than you might think!
Dosthill Quarry has been owned and operated by Ian Forster for 31 yrs
You’ll enjoy the friendly, family welcome that makes this important, National Swimming Venue so popular. A granite quarry flooded by a fresh water spring from 150ft below ground in 1934, the site is consistently recommended by swimmers for its clear, clean, pure, & healthy water.
Since Dosthill Quarry’s spring water is 5000 times more pure than the UK standards for tap water,
you’ll miss out if you swim anywhere else!!
Not only have recent water tests confirmed the purity and clarity of this spring-fed lake, but also the presence of the spa mineral magnesium, considered to be the most important health mineral in the world. Read about the many health benefits here Magnesium – the most important mineral we all overlook.
No Swimmer’s Itch!
Unlike many shallow man-made lakes and former gravel pits that harbor freshwater snails, and parasites that infect swimmers, local residents and swimmers from many areas of the UK have enjoyed their sport free of the dreaded “swimmer’s itch” for more than 80 years. In fact, visiting swimmers who do have “the itch” often get better in this magnesium-rich, therapeutic spa lake.
Healthy Outdoor Training Centre
All abilities and ages are welcome, including costume-only and wetsuit swimmers (see our safety policy below). Whether you’re trying open water swimming for the first time, a child wanting to enjoy some splash time, or a member of our English Channel relay team you’ll get fitter and healthier at this amazing venue. Triathletes, in particular, can benefit from the variable rugged terrain of this 32 acre training centre by adding bike and run phases to their swim session. Or anyone just looking to get fitter, or lose weight, can benefit from the healthy outdoor environment.
Resident Swim-Bike-Run & Fitness Coach
ASA Swimming Teacher, Middle Distance Coach and former British team member, Ian Forster, is available for training tips and schedules.
Open more than 30 Hours A Week
We love helping our swimmers achieve their goals whether you do one 400m lap, a 40 lap/10000 metre swim, or a scenic, recreational swim around the lake, the clear water enables swimmers of any level to quickly improve their technique by being able to see the rotation and inclination of their hands during each stroke. The lake water is so much more pure than tap water, our Channel swimmers drink the water while they swim to stay hydrated!! Open more than 30 hours every week for you to get fitter, improve your swimming, and recover in our magnesium-packed ultra pure spring & spa lake.
Normal opening times
All Year (+ 5 bank Holidays by special arrangement and advance notice). Plan your swim to arrive within 3 hours of the closing time during the winter. If no swimmers or divers have checked in by this time the staff may well close early. If you intend to arrive late, or are running late, please call 01827 281304 to check if we will be open.
AUTUMN, WINTER & SPRING HOURS (excluding Bank Holidays) – Until Further Notice
Thursday 1pm-8pm. Last check-in at 6:30pm. Exit from the water by 7:30pm.
Friday 1pm-8pm. Last check-in at 6:30pm. Exit from the water by 7:30pm.
Saturday 7am-3pm. Last check-in at 1:30pm. Exit from the water by 2:30pm.
Sunday 7am-3pm. Last check-in at 1:30pm. Exit from the water by 2:30pm.
FREE parking Changing rooms Toilets Rescue boat
Resident swim-bike-run & fitness coach Video coaching
Hot & cold drinks Home-cooked snacks and meals
Equipment hire Well-stocked, competitively-priced shop
FREE online registration (below).
£5 per swimmer per SwimSaver Club session October-March, half price 5-15’s and dogs.
£7 per swimmer per non-Club session Thursday – Sunday, half price 5-15’s and dogs.
£1 tow float hire. £4 shortie wetsuit hire. £6 full wetsuit hire. Training schedules & coaching from £5 per 10 min session, priced according to need and whether personal, group or video.
How to Find Us
Dosthill Quarry National Dive site
Tamworth, nr Birmingham
B77 1LL (postal only)
B77 1LU (best for satnav)
Use your satnav or Google Maps to locate postcode B77 1LU – Church Road, Dosthill.
We are at 52o59’64.10″N, 1o68’78.00″W. So better still, copy and paste the following Geographic coordinates into Google Maps or your satnav to find our exact location on earth!
This should bring you into Church Road from the A51.
Please turn off car radios at this point to minimise noise disturbance to local residents.
Continue past the Church on your left, and turn left through green metal gates, into our site car park.
Information on Outdoor Swimming
Safety Policy. Whether you wear a costume only or a wetsuit, you are welcome. But to protect you in the deep water, you need adequate buoyancy. Wearing a wetsuit is the preferred way to prevent you sinking in the event of cramp (and keep you warm), and to increase your confidence if you are new to open water swimming. Many of our strong & confident swimmers tow a swim float summer & winter alike! If you don’t have a wet suit or tow float you can hire one for £1 tow float, £4 shortie wetsuit, £6 full wetsuit, or buy your own on site.
Course. The above outdoor swimming course has been carefully planned and set out to provide a single 400 metre lap with integral 100 metre and 50 metre legs for split times. Four laps (1600 metres) is 5 metres short of a mile. 1000 metres would be 2.5 laps. The course has been positioned away from the quarry walls, particularly at the southern end of the lap (bottom of photo) where occasional loose rockfalls can occur, and away from the diver training areas where diver ascents are more frequent. Other than when avoiding a diver, please ensure you stay close to the outdoor swimming course buoys and on the course line.
Divers. Your swim may coincide with times when scuba divers are using the quarry. You can see where they are in relation to you by bubbles breaking the surface of the water. One of the safe practices all divers should follow when surfacing is to extend their arm, look up and around and surface slowly. Should you see bubbles on the surface in front of you, during your swim be prepared to avoid the bubbles. However, by the time you get close to where you first saw the bubbles, normally the divers have moved well away.
Footwear. We recommend bringing suitable footwear, such as flip-flops, crocs, or some old trainers, for the outdoor swimming transition in and out of the water to avoid any discomfort or injury to your feet.
Outdoor Swimming Declaration. The ASA require a declaration to be made on an individual’s ability to complete a planned outdoor swimming activity. “It should be quite clear to the swimmer that they are declaring that they are not only fit enough and have the stamina to complete the distance, but also that the swimmer is medically fit to do so”. Any pre-existing medical condition including medication and/or sensitivity to particular drugs should be included on the form. Our registration below includes this declaration.
Complete our FREE registration for the SwimSaver Club
Email is our preferred way of contacting our registered swimmers.
If you don’t have an email address, call us on 01733 351288 (8am-4.30pm, 7 days a week) or Dosthill Quarry on 01827 281204 in site opening times.
After you press the submit button you will receive confirmation that “Your registration for the SwimSaver Club was sent successfully to email@example.com”, and you will receive a confirmation email.
Print off the email and bring it with you on your first visit. Sign and date it at that time and we’ll retain it on file. If you don’t have a printer, or are otherwise unable to print off your registration email, we can print it off for you for a nominal charge of only £1 at the lake.