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Summer in the UK: the best places for wild water swimming

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Wild water swimming is the perfect way to unwind after a long day exploring or challenge your wild side with daring jumps.

A common myth is that wild water swimming is reserved only for abroad. However, there are many places in the UK where you can take a plunge outdoors this summer. 

Durdle Door, West Lulworth, Dorset

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Durdle Door, located in Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, incites tourists from across the globe with its iconic landmark. The natural limestone arch adds flair to what would otherwise be a secluded cove, enticing many wild-water swimmers to gain bragging rights that they have swam under the famous arch.

Hampstead Ponds, London

For those in need of a break from city life, Hampstead Ponds are so surrounded by trees that it is easy to forget you are in still in London. Open from May through to September, the ponds have been a locals’ favourite spot for wild water swimming since the end of the 17th century.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

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The breath-takingly clear Fairy Pools in Isle of Skye make for visually stunning holiday photographs. However, the crystal-clear fresh river water is also refreshing for swimmers who are looking to cool down after the forty-minute trek from the nearest village. With nearby impressive views over the Black Cuillins, it is no wonder the waterfalls are a frequented spot on the island.

The Witch’s Cauldron, Scotland

Consisting of three pools and three waterfalls framed by rocky ledges, The Witch’s Cauldron is conveniently located near a roadside in Scotland’s Highlands. Its name might sound spooky but this series of falls presents a great opportunity for a “wicked” time for thrillseekers looking to jump from high heights.

Grasmere Lake, Lake District

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Many of the lakes in the Lake District are free to swim in but Grasmere Lake is known to have less boat traffic. As one of the smaller lakes in the area but still a mile long, Grasmere has plenty of space for avid wild water swimmers and beginners alike. The nearby Grasmere village, home to Romantic poet William Wordsworth’s grave, is also famed for its gingerbread, convenient for curbing post-swim hunger.

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