Stunning lagoon attracting swimmers is actually ‘toxic bleach bath’

Swimmers flocking to a blue lagoon 'beauty spot' have been told to stay away from the 'bath of bleach'.

Brits cooling off in what looks like an Instagram-worthy pool in the Peak District are in fact submerging themselves in what has been dubbed as 'probably the most dangerous water in the UK'.

Harpur Hill Quarry's freezing cold water is said to have old cars, animal carcasses and even excrement beneath its surface, and its caustic cocktail of chemicals can cause skin irritations, thrush or sickness.

Despite police cordoning off nearby parking last year and local authorities turning the lake black, visitors have returned with the recent heatwave.

Not only swimmers throwing their bodies into a stagnant water with high alkaline pH levels, neighbouring residents have previously complained of receiving abuse and litter including barbecues and drug paraphernalia.

Derbyshire Police are once again urging people to stay away from the old limestone quarry in Buxton, and say they are monitoring the lagoon, Mail Online reports.

A spokeswoman for the force said: "Officers have not received reports of anti-social behaviour around the quarry at Harpur Hill over the bank holiday weekend but continue to monitor the area and work with partnership agencies to help maintain this over a long-term period.

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"There are a number of disused quarries across Derbyshire, and throughout the country.

"Many of them are on private land so as well as the risk of trespassing penalties, people swimming in quarry waters put themselves in danger of cold-water shock, getting injured by hidden items beneath the surface or other health issues relating to pollution.

"Please don't put yourself at risk."

The blue lagoon has previously been filled with black vegetable dye in an attempt to make it less appealing and photogenic, as paid for by High Peak Borough Council.

The tactic of dying the lagoon has been used since 2012, when the problems of day-trippers started ramping up but it has been dispersed by rain and swimming activity.

The authorities have attempted to contact the site's owners to discuss a longer-term solution, but last year admitted to not getting anywhere.

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