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The UK's Best Open-Water Swimming Spots Cumbria

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.

Alston Training & Adventure Centre
01434 381886
High Plans Lodge
Alston
 
Joseph Strong & Son
01697 478424
Glen Cote
Wigton
 
Carlisle Camping Center
01228 547227
English Damside
Carlisle
 
Palace Cycles
01228 523142
120 124 Botchergate
Carlisle
 
Uk Airsports
017687 79850
Unit 12
Keswick
 
Tonys Sports & Leisure
01768 351441
10 Bridge Street
Appleby in Westmorland
 
Nicholson & Coulthard Ltd
01228 520745
12 Crosby St
Carlisle
 
Lakeland Pedlar Bicycle Centre & Wholefood Cafe
017687 75752
Henderson Yard
Keswick
 
T R Thomlinson
01768 862408
42 Burrowgate
Penrith
 
M M S Ltd
01768 482182
Decollage
Penrith
 

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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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