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The UK's Best Open-Water Swimming Spots Banbury

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.

Appleby Golf Shop
01768 352922
Co Appleby Golf Club
Appleby in Westmorland
 
Kentdale Outdoor
01539 729188
34 Market Place
Kendal
 
Agnus Farm Meats
01768 885384
Low Wool Oaks
Penrith
 
Anorak
01539 432235
Central Buildings
Ambleside
 
Biketreks
01539 431245
Millans Park
Ambleside
 
C & C A Holmes
017687 73366
9 Lake Road
Keswick
 
New Balance Athletic Shoes Uk Ltd
(019) 006-6566
St Helens Lane
Maryport
 
Lakeland Pedlar Bicycle Centre & Wholefood Cafe
017687 75752
Henderson Yard
Keswick
 
Rathbone Outdoor Shop
017687 72722
13 Market Square
Keswick
 
Needle Sports
017687 72227
56 Main Street
Keswick
 

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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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