With staycations on the rise and the long summer holidays to enjoy, adventurous Brits are being directed to the best wild swim spots here in the UK...
Wild swimming has become increasingly popular over recent months and the experts at LeaseCar.uk have looked at the best locations to take a dip which are just a short drive away.
For those unfamiliar with the activity, wild swimming refers to swimming in natural waters like lakes and rivers.
They’re perfect for those living in landlocked parts of the UK and swimmers prepared to face the chill and thrill of an outside dip.
Not all areas of natural waters allow people to go swimming though, so it’s worth checking before you take a swim.
Regardless of the weather it’s important to remember that the water in these wild swimming locations remains cold which can be a safety hazard. Because of this, it’s important to gauge the temperature of the water before jumping in to avoid your body going into shock.
It’s also vital to keep an eye out on what’s in the water. Remember these are natural bodies of water which means they won’t be entirely clean. You should look out for things like rocks and other debris that can pose a threat to all swimmers.
A spokesperson from LeaseCar.uk said: “With more Brits staying in the UK this summer, wild swimming is another activity you can try and one where you may not be surrounded by hundreds of other people.
“You can take some really beautiful drives down to these swimming locations which will make you feel like you’re abroad. It’s the perfect day trip out especially when the weather is scorching.
“Wild swimming is a great way to get outdoors and be surrounded by nature. Even if it’s something you’ve never done before it can be a really great and different experience.
“You can’t just swim in any natural waters though, there are some dangers to consider like sailboats and the depth of water which is why we’ve researched some of the best and safest places that do allow wild swimming.”
LeaseCar.uk’s best wild swimming locations:
- The Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire, Wales
The Blue Lagoon has beautiful blue-green waters which are peaceful and calm. The water here is a bit deeper so this spot is definitely one for the confident swimmers. Other great places to try in Wales include Waterfall Woods in the Brecon Beacons and Llyn Glaslyn in Snowdonia.
- Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Surrounded by beautiful hills and rocks are the cool crystal clear fairy pools that are known for being quite cold. Even if you’re not brave enough to face the cold temperatures, the Fairy Pools are a beautiful sight to see anyway. Also try Loch Ness and Achmelvich Beach for other wild swimming spots.
- Murlough Bay, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Not only is this spot great for a wild swim but it’s a great location for those who love birdwatching. It’s also a stunning place to watch the sunset in.
- Kailpot Crag, Ullswater, Lake District
The Lake District is a very popular location and has plenty of spots to take a wild swim. Kailpot Crag is one of the best with the small sized cliffs perfect for diving off into the cool water. Lake Windermere and Linhope Spout are worth checking out too.
- The Grantchester Meadows, Cambridgeshire
If you love greenery this will be your favourite location for a wild swim. The beautiful meadows make for the perfect picnic spot after taking a dip in the water.
- Stainforth Force, North Yorkshire
Another great place for picnics is Stainforth Force with long river pools you’ll have plenty of space to choose from when taking your wild swim. Other wild swimming spots to visit nearby include Janet’s Foss in Malham and Lumb Falls in West Yorkshire.
- River Derwent, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
A wild swim here at River Derwent will also give you beautiful views of Chatsworth parkland making it a great spot for those in the landlocked Midlands who aren’t looking to travel too far.
- Bryher, Isles of Scilly, England
Bryher will give you the best of both worlds, not only can you enjoy the gorgeous blue waves but on the other side you will get peaceful sandy beaches making this wild swim location is definitely a must-see. The South West has numerous other wild swimming spots to enjoy. Among them Stair Hole in Dorset, Mullion Cove in Cornwall and Salmon Leaps on the River Teign in Devon.
- River Thames, Pangbourne, Berkshire
It’s easy to be put off by the name of this spot but don’t worry, you won’t be swimming directly in the River Thames. This location heads off into the countryside where it is much more peaceful and the water is cleaner.