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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.

The Rock Outdoor Adventures
07775 630488
8 Green Cottages
Coniston
 
Nicholson & Coulthard Ltd
01228 520745
12 Crosby St
Carlisle
 
Icis Clubwear
01697 323136
Unit 2
Wigton
 
I S Sports
01229 770207
32 Wellington Street
Millom
 
Summit Trek Sales Ltd
01539 441822
5 Yewdale Road
Coniston
 
Eiger Sports
017687 74112
60 Main Street
Keswick
 
Top Tackle
01434 606991
Tyne Valley Tyres Building
Hexham
 
Allsports
01229 871722
28 Portland Walk
Barrow in Furness
 
Famous Army Stores
01229 877377
50 Portland Walks
Barrow in Furness
 
Thurston Outdoor Education Centre
01539 441218
Coniston
 

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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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