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The UK's Best Open-Water Swimming Spots Burton

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.

Pete Bland Sports
01539 731012
34a Kirkland
Kendal
 
Elliotts Outdoor
017687 74952
Tithebarn Street
Keswick
 
Northern Paragliding
0845 1232555
Dale Foot
Kirkby Stephen
 
Mdk Paintballing Games
01946 814105
16 Bankend View
Egremont
 
Allsports
01228 548613
66 English Street
Carlisle
 
Mystery Cycles
01228 711566
South Muse
Dalston
 
K D Sports
01539 431543
Central Buildings
Ambleside
 
Charles R Sykes
01768 862418
4 Great Dockray
Penrith
 
Nicholson & Coulthard Ltd
01228 520745
12 Crosby St
Carlisle
 
Millets
01539 433956
Unit 12
Ambleside
 

The UK's Best Open-Water Swimming Spots

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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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