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The UK's Best Open-Water Swimming Spots Durham

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.

Scotby Cycles The Bike Shop
01228 546931
Church Street
Carlisle
 
Timpson Shoe Repairs
01228 512591
54 Globe Lane
Carlisle
 
Paintball Games Lakeland
01229 820568
Newby Bridge
Ulverston
 
Calvert Trust Outdoor Activity Centre
017687 72255
Little Crossthwaite
Keswick
 
Nichol End Marine
017687 73082
Portinscale
Keswick
 
Millennium Cycles Ltd
01539 821167
Bankside Barn
Kendal
 
D B Outdoor Systems
01539 733842
Parkside Business Park
Kendal
 
Palace Cycles
01228 523142
120 124 Botchergate
Carlisle
 
Temple Sports
017687 75143
11 Station Street
Keswick
 
Hayton Leisure
01900 817614
Unit 23a
Maryport
 

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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