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Do not confuse the clean and clear swimming pools in the river with the old quarry pool. The quarry pool is on private land with clearly posted no swimming signs. The water is up to 40m deep and due to the mineral content is opaque, it is a flooded quarry, not a river fed pond or pool.A few metres away there are pools within the river which used to house the water wheels used to power the quarry pumps. These pools are shallower, but still swimmable.
June 30, 2020
Just below Meldon Reservoir, the west Okement River flows down into Old Meldon Pond (also known as Meldon Pool), a glorious wild swimming spot secluded under the Meldon Viaduct.
Surprisingly the water is bright green; not due to algae but due to the minerals in the rock in this former limestone quarry.
You'll find a car park nearby with a map and information board, and it's really close to the Granite Way cycle route.
April 28, 2020
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