Do you crave the great outdoors? Are you one of those people who loves the adrenaline rush and the feeling of rejuvenation it gives you afterwards? If so, then you need to give freshwater swimming a go. Dig out your cossie, or shop swimsuits from Swimwear365 if you fancy treating yourself to a new one, and get ready for the plunge!
Whether you’re looking for hidden coves, secret lakes or plunging waterfalls there are hundreds of locations around the UK that offer all this and more. Freshwater swimming is a great way to keep fit, get fresh but most of all it’s a great way to have fun! Grab a group of friends or your family and get ready to feel rejuvenated. We’ve compiled a selection of three of the best freshwater swimming locations around the UK – what do you think?
Linhope Spout - Northumberland
Linhope Spout is nestled in the gorgeous Breamish Valley, set in the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland National Park. It’s a naturally round plunge pool with an incredible depth. There’s a 1.8m ledge from which you can jump into the refreshing waters below. It’s a great place for walkers and families alike to cool off in the summer.
Waterfall Woods – Brecon Beacons
Waterfall Woods is located in south Powys, in the glorious Brecon Beacons. You’ll find wooded gorges, caves and waterfalls sheltered by lush green trees and sunlight streaming through. It’s a pretty magical place to be at one with nature. The most famous waterfall, Sgwd Y Eira allows swimmers and walkers to pass behind the waterfall giving an amazing view of a curtain of water. You’ll find waterfalls that seemingly disappear in caves and more streams than you can shake a stick at – it’s worth spending the weekend here as there’s so many coves to explore.
Mermaid Pool - Staffordshire
Mermaid Pool, or Black Mere Pool as it’s commonly known is situated on the North Staffordshire Moors. If you’re looking for adventure and myth then this is the place for you – rumour has it that the dark waters are bottomless; cattle refuse to drink from it and birds won’t fly over it. Why? Over the centuries it’s been subject to mystery – in 1679 a woman was so say murdered by being dumped in the pool by a serial killer. But don’t let that put you off! Then there’s also the rumoured tradition that a mermaid surrounds the pool at midnight to lure travellers to their depths... But don’t let that put you off! Mermaid pool is a gorgeous oasis of deep, fresh water and the views are breathtaking – you’ll have an aerial view of the moors surrounding you.
And ok, freshwater locations around the UK are going to be pretty darn cold this time of year, so you should definitely wear a wetsuit... or if you’re really that apprehensive, wait the hobby out until spring comes back around again!