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The UK's Best Open-Water Swimming Spots Horsham

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.

Lakes Golf Shop
01539 448370
Unit 1& 2 Victoria Forge
Windermere
 
The Sick & The Wrong
017687 73035
68 Main Street
Keswick
 
Breathe Easy
01524 730777
Jackdaw Quarry
Carnforth
 
Fat Face
01539 433376
69 Market Cross
Ambleside
 
Bike Bank
01900 603337
Market Place
Workington
 
The Rock Outdoor Adventures
07775 630488
8 Green Cottages
Coniston
 
Rookin House Farm Equestrian & Activity Centre
01768 483561
Troutbeck
Penrith
 
Tower Wood Outdoor Education Centre
01539 531519
Newby Bridge
Windermere
 
F & J Birtle Sports Specialists
01768 865129
9 Cornmarket
Penrith
 
Wigton Cycle & Sports
01697 342824
23 West Street
Wigton
 

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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