Location and directions
Tamworth, nr Birmingham
Dosthill Quarry has been owned and operated by Ian & Pauline Forster, and their family, for 29 years. You’ll enjoy the friendly family atmosphere that has made this incredibly attractive, and important, national swimming venue so popular. A former granite quarry flooded by a fresh water spring from 150 feet underground in 1934, the site is consistently recommended by swimmers for its clear, clean, pure, deep water.
Unlike many shallow man-made lakes and former gravel pits that harbour 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 mineral-rich, therapeutic lake.
All abilities and ages are welcome, including costume-only and wetsuit swimmers (subject to safety policy). 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.
ASA Swimming Teacher, Middle Distance Coach and former British team member, Ian Forster, is on site most days, and is available for training tips and schedules.
Want to recover more quickly after your swim? Enjoy our Hot tub/Swim/Hot tub/Lake plunge/Hot tub session which significantly reduces the effects of any soreness or injury, and more quickly removes the lactic acid tiredness in your body. The Romans benefited from SANUM PER AQUA – Health Through Water. NOW YOU CAN!
We love helping our swimmers achieve their goals whether you do one 400m lap or a 40 lap/10000 metre swim, and 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 34 hours every week, on 213 days in 2017-2018, that’s more than 1700 hours a year for you to get fitter, quicker and more efficient.
*Including five bank holidays
Venue facilities include:
- hot tob therapy & recovery
- changing rooms
- Free parking
- 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
Location and directions
From the M1, M42 & A5, exit the M42 at junction 10 and follow the A5 dual carriageway towards Tamworth for approx 100 metres. Take the left exit onto the B5404 to Wilnecote. Turn left at the major roundabout onto Ninian Way. At the next (small) roundabout turn right to Dosthill High Street T-junction. Turn left on the A51 and climb the hill past the Fox Inn on the left. At the top of Dosthill High Street turn right into Church Road. Continue 130 metres past the Church and Norman Chapel on the left, and turn left into our car park. Entry to the lake is through the yellow gates.