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The UK's Best Open-Water Swimming Spots Altrincham

No matter how modern or clean it is, no pool can compare swimming in fresh open water on a hot summer's day. Here are eight of the UK's best open-water spots.

Elliotts Outdoor
017687 74952
Tithebarn Street
Keswick
 
Sole N Heel
01229 825552
54 Cavendish Street
Barrow in Furness
 
Rock & Run
01539 433660
3-4 Cheapside
Ambleside
 
Sports Craft Of Penrith
01768 865833
33 Middlegate
Penrith
 
J J B Sports
01539 741192
13-15 Finkle Street
Kendal
 
Hayton Leisure
01900 817614
Unit 23a
Maryport
 
Grahams Gun & Tackle Ltd
01900 605093
9 -15 South William Street
Workington
 
Scotby Cycles The Bike Shop
01228 546931
Church Street
Carlisle
 
Rathbone Outdoor Shop
017687 72722
13 Market Square
Keswick
 
Farrell Sports
01946 815541
46 High Street
Cleator Moor
 

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Blue dotted teardrop: The Taw near Chapelton, Devon
The River Taw is large and fairly wide here, and although the current is quite fast it’s only around 1m deep.
Postcode: EX37 9EB

Green teardrop: West Lydford, Somerset
A picturesque stretch of river that’s deep enough to bomb into from the nearby bridge. It’s also got a rope swing and some impressive church-side scenery.
Postcode: TA11 7DH

Turquoise teardrop: Port Meadow, Oxford
England’s largest and oldest meadow is accompanied by more than 2km of river with little beaches. You’ll need to watch out for boats.

Postcode: OX2 8PU


Orange teardrop: Backney Common, Herefordshire
This public meadow has a small sandy beach so you can even bring your bucket and spade. The Wye is fairly deep here so don’t throw the kids in.
Postcode: HR9 6QX

Pink teardrop: Outney Common, Suffolk
A 3km stretch of the River Waveney, meandering around open common land. Up to 2m deep in places, and popular with canoeists.
Postcode: NR35 1HG

Purple teardrop: Elan Wye, Powys

Where the River Elan meets the Wye, there’s a mixture of sections deep enough to dive into and shallower places to paddle upstream.
Postcode: LD1 6NS

Yellow teardrop: Hell Gill, Cumbria
A deep gorge with impressive rock sculptures, a shallow stream, small waterfalls and a midway plunge pool. It’s best to have a wetsuit.
Postcode: CA17 4JY

Blue teardrop: Chesters, Northumberland
Near Hadrian’s Wall, you’ll find some shallow rapids close to the ruins of a collapsed Roman bridge. 
Postcode: NE46 4ET

The UK's best open-water swimming spots

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