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The National Trust have put wild swimming safety notices by the reservoir and allow swimming at your own risk 24 hours, 7 days a week. 10 minutes walk ffrom N.T. car park and cafe, toilets. Free to swim, charge for car parking.

Buoys indicate 1.4m depth after which it deepens to over 6m. Some weeds below surface outside buoys.

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  • Added: 08/09/2013

    Beautiful place to swim! Nice cafe down the hill.


    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    Some weeds (at the moment).

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  • Added: 11/03/2017

    A beautiful place to swim. A real gem for Shropshire outdoor swimmers. Amazing water quality and good accessibility. The reservoir is perfect for outdoor swimmers of all abilities. Visit https://intoopenwater.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/swim-location-review-carding-mill-valley-reservoir-shropshire/ for my full review.

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    *Slippy rocks just under the water when entering – mind footing

    *Cold water temperatures due to lack of sunlight reaching the water – acclimatise at your own rate and get out if in doubt.

    *Water quickly gets deep.

    *A fairly secluded location during off peak hours – take a friend to watch you!

  • Added: 01/07/2018

    Beautiful small pool, c100m long, in the hills above Church Stretton.

    On National Trust property, with signs permitting swimming (some rules; do not swim alone, etc).

    It's an uphill hike from the NatTrust car park, took me about 20mins to get up there. Last bit as you approach the dam / retaining wall of the reservoir is v steep. Rocky steps to the top or go up the grass bank.

    Life-preserver is hung near the water.

    Entry to the water is either via a quite steep, bare rock / concrete slope, or you can walk around and use the trees to help yourself in - and more importantly, to get out!

    Alternatively, walk around to the far end where a stream feeds the pool, and you can walk in on the flat, but it's a bit muddy.

    In June 2018 the water was still quite cool, probably a combination of height, the shade provided by the trees and some fierce wind. Around 12-C at a guess. (Colder than the sea in Cornwall).

    Water quality is gorgeous, clear, and just a little bit peat-tinged so you look slightly tea-coloured (but it doesn't stain or anything!)

    Wonderful soundtrack from the birdlife; huge variety of birdsong.

    There's a weir just to the left of the main pic which you need to stay away from.

    Sides drop away quite steeply once you've entered.

    At the far end, the water is more shallow but there's also quite a bit of weed.

    Loads of school parties and field trips walked past while I was in; they all seemed surprised that someone was in the water! Worth bearing in mind that you might have an audience when you get changed.

    Also, the sign-posting from the NatTrust car park isn’t brilliant. But you know you’re going the right way when you cross the (very small) ford. You will pass a couple of smaller overflow pools which are next to the path as you walk upwards. Just keep following the stream uphill, and the grassy bank of the reservoir will appear ahead of you.

    I swam for around 45mins each day, and it was fabulous. Cool, green and gorgeous, in fact!

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    Weir / outflow. Steep sides.

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