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The UK's Best Open-Water Swimming Spots Weymouth

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.

Stewart R Cunningham (outdoor Clothing)
01539 435253
Broadgate House
Sole N Heel
01229 825552
54 Cavendish Street
Barrow in Furness
Arena Sports
01697 343512
8 Market Place
Hayton Leisure
01900 817614
Unit 23a
Whirecross Bay Water Sports
01539 446131
Ambleside Road
Laeking Outdoors
01539 441733
Unit 3a Lake Road
All Seasons
017687 73829
26 Main Street
Underwater Diving Services
01229 839637
Anchorline Basin
Barrow in Furness
Acorn Venture
017687 78138
Scotgate Holiday Park
Joe Pester Watersports
01768 892981
2 Kemplay Foot

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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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