Outdoor Swimming & Free Registration
at Dosthill Quarry
All swimmers must register ONCE
by completing the online form at the foot of this page.
£8 per casual swimmer per outdoor swimming session, half price 5-14’s and dogs.
But save 25% with a 10 swim pass for £60.
£2 tow float hire. £6 shortie wetsuit hire. £8 full wetsuit hire.
Stressed with work &/or the kids? Lose that stress at 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 on Full Moon evenings, it is the ultimate relaxation activity.
But all swimmers must register (for FREE)
by completing the online form at the foot of this page.
It’s easily the warmest lake in the region from October to March 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. as ambient temperatures hit their low-point, shallow lakes can dip under 2 degrees, while Dosthill Quarry is comfortably at 7 degrees. So the lake will be warmer than the region’s shallow lakes until around April each year.
If you already have a full wetsuit with arms & legs, consider wearing a shortie wetsuit over the top to keep the body core warm. You’ll get more water time, and get more cardio-respiratory benefit from the longer swim, with very little affect on the crawl stroke. Ian has been an ASA Swim Teacher for 52 years, so he knows the shortie technique really works.
Dosthill Quarry spring water is 500 times more pure than UK standards for tap water
So you’ll be missing out if you swim anywhere else!!
Not only have independent water tests confirmed the purity and clarity of the 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.
To confirm the health properties of Dosthill Quarry’s spring water click this article about one of Dosthill’s most frequent swimmers, Zoe Forbes, her recovery from cervical cancer, and how open water swimming has helped Zoë through her grief and heartbreak.
Zoe welcomes donations to her JustGiving page, so please click here.
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 off-road 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.
Our Own 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.
Check Availability Chart for Summer & Winter Opening Days and Times.
We love helping our swimmers achieve their goals whether you swim out 10m and back 10m to build your confidence, do one 400m lap, a 25 lap/10000 metre swim, or a scenic 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. Open up to 7 days a week for you to get fitter, improve your swimming, and recover in our magnesium-packed ultra pure spring & spa lake.
Free parking Changing rooms Toilets Rescue boat
Our own swim-bike-run & fitness coach Video coaching
Hot & cold drinks Home-cooked snacks and meals
Kit rental including wetsuits & tow floats Well-stocked, competitively-priced shop
How to Find Us
Dosthill Quarry National Diving, Swimming & Spa Lake
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 £2 tow float, £6 shortie wetsuit, £8 full wetsuit, or buy your own on site at heavily discounted prices.
Course. If you prefer to swim around the 500 metre scenic route, swim anti-clockwise around the lake staying approximately 3 metres in from the granite cliffs. Alternatively, the above outdoor swimming course has been carefully planned to provide a single anti-clockwise 400 metre lap with 2 x 100 metre, and 4 x 50 metre legs for split times, and to help you practice the important open water skills of spotting & swimming in a straight line towards a buoy. 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.