Wild swimming has grown in popularity in recent years and for good reason.
It’s hard to beat the feeling you get from immersing yourself in a cold lake, plunge pool, river or sheltered cove.
It’s just incredibly invigorating and refreshing.
Here are some memorable ones … chosen for their beautiful locations.
Porthallow beach, Lizard
This is a very sheltered beach and perfect for swimming at any time of year.
There’s also a pub, a cafe and a car park at the beach.
Pwlldu beach, Gower Penninsula
We enjoyed it so much that we visited three days running.
Visit at high tide for the best experience. Take a picnic and stay all day, perfect.
THE LAKE DISTRICT
Most of the Lakes and Tarns in the Lake District permit swimming. Some of our favourites are;
We teamed this swim with a fabulous walk up Loughrigg Fell
It’s a beautiful tarn complete with wild lillies, dragonflies, ducks and spectacular mountain views.
We teamed this with a walk up Catbells.
Crummock and nearby Loweswater are fabulous for swimming
South Sands, South Hams, Salcombe,
This is a lovely sheltered cove and a great spot for a sunrise swim ( before it becomes crowded and the ferry service to Salcombe gets going).
South Sands beach is situated along the Devon stretch of the beautiful south west coast path near Salcombe.