Best UK Wild Swimming Spots

When the sun is out during the Summer months, what better than to get outside and go swimming – in the wild! If you fancy a new outdoor sport but don’t want to invest in all the gear, look no further than Wild Swimming.

What is wild swimming?

Wild swimming is simply swimming in natural outdoor spaces such as the sea, lakes or reservoirs. We have seen a rise over the years in individuals and groups wanting to explore the natural settings, whether it be a scenic waterfall setting for an Instagram pose or as an alternative exercise regime that includes a wellness aspect.

We’ve collated a list of the Best Wild Swimming spots in the UK for you to try out…

1. Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall, England

Location: Summerleaze Beach, Bude, EX23 8HN

Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall

2. Hampstead Heath Bathing Ponds, London, England

Location: Hampstead Heath, London, NW5 1QR

Hampstead Heath Ponds

3. River Ouse, Buckinghamshire, England

Location: 4 Horn Ln, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1HZ

River Ouse Waterside, Ely

4. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Location: Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye, IV47 8TA

Fairy Pools, Skye

5. Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge, England

Location: Grantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9NE

Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge, England

6. Three Shires Head, Peak District

Location: The Axe Edge Moor Walk, SK11 0BQ

Three Shires Head, Peak District

7. Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Location: A4244, Caernarfon, LL55 3NP

Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia

8. Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Location: Abereiddy, Haverfordwest, SA62 6DT

Blue Lagoon Abereiddy

9. West Beach, Berneray, Isles of Harris, Outer Hebrides

Location: Berneray, Isle of North Uist, HS6 5BD

West Beach, Berneray, Isles of Harris

10. River Barle, Simonsbath, Somerset, England

Location: Simonsbath, Minehead, TA24 7SH

To read more, visit Sophie’s Suitcase for the full list of other locations to visit.

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Sophie is a travel writer, based in the UK, always thinking about her next adventure. Sophie set up Outdoor Adventure Girls in 2020 with the aim to provide safe spaces for women to connect, get outdoors and push themselves out of their comfort zone.