Linn of Dee

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A dramatic gorge cutting down under an elegant Victorian bridge to deep pools and river beaches in open woodland.

Place Categories: River Swims and Wild Swim.Place Tags: paddle, swim and wildswimming.

Anne says:

Hi. Not sure you should be recommending the Linn of Dee for swimming in? People have died here and following rain/snow melting the river is extremely unpredictable.

I’m not an expert, so suggest people read the excerpt from this website below:

“The important lesson is to dive here only on a dry day that follows a period of dry days. Diving during or soon after rainfall is not a good idea; neither is diving during the spring thaw. Even on relatively calm days the waterside can be dangerous. Tourists have slipped in and drowned, unable to climb out and dragged under. A stone marker by the path commemorates such an incident in 1927. Without a BC this is not the safest stretch of water for swimming.”

My comment: There are pools further down the Dee and pools on the River Quoich which are extremely good for swimming (but again wouldn’t recommend the punch bowl at the Quoich which is frequently dangerous – a 10 year old girl died there in 2006)

Peter says:

Did this in mid summer with a drysuit and got a cracking photo from about 8 metres down – I know not really swimming but was a great dive!! The picture below shows the trees on the cliff top above the water surface. The yellow colouring is completely natural – no filters or computer tricks – just the peaty water!

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