The river Esk has some great swimming pools, and there are good places to have a picnic or a barbecue by the river in the Summer and do a spot of swimming, or just dip your feet in and watch the fish lying lazily on the river bottom.

A popular place to swim is at Forge Bridge - take the Birkby road towards Boot, turn left at the junction at the bottom of Ulpha fell and the bridge is about half a mile further on before you reach the King George IV pub.

Another good spot is at the Bridge below Stanley Gyll whee jumping from the bridge is a popular challenge. Turn right at the King George IV pub adn take the turnign on the right after the Vicarage as you approach Boot. The bridge is a few hundred yards along this sideroad.

The dubs on the Upper Esk are also popular and can be accessed on foot from Brotherikeld. Park at the bottom of Hardnott pass and walk several kilometers up the Esk valley to reach these pools.

There are also excellent pools and picnic areas in the Duddon valley. Turn right at the end of the Birkby road over Ulpha fell to reach this valley.