Bored of swimming indoors in a chlorinated pool? Try one of these best open-water swimming destinations
For a good workout: Burgh Island, Devon
A swim around this small island is a challenging circuit favoured by locals. Seasoned swimmers recommend you start at the Pilchard Inn and swim an anti-clockwise lap.
Avoid bikini slip with active swimwear
For high thrills: Ulpha Bridge, Cheshire
This 300m stretch of shallow pools deepens right under Ulpha Bridge for perfect jumping conditions. If you're not such an adrenaline junkie, there's a grassy bank nearby, which provides a front-row seat to watch the wild swimmers have fun in the water.
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Cold-water swimming in Lake Windermere. In winter. Without a wetsuit. Brrr
For skinny dipping: Blackmoss Pot, Cumbria
This small ravine is surrounded by high rock walls for discreet wild swimming. And as the water is fairly calm, it can get up to bathwater temperature in the summer. Strip off and enjoy.
Have a swim to help you de-stress
For families: Hatchmere, Cheshire
The combination of sandy beach and warm shallow water that gently slopes away from the shore makes this a popular child-friendly swimming spot.
Boost your swimming technique
For adventure: Waterfall Woods, Brecon Beacons, South Wales
The clear, shallow water makes this a hotspot for snorkelers. There are also caves, waterfalls and underwater rock formations to explore.
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For a challenge: Isle of Eriska, Argyll, Scotland
The record for a swimming circumnavigation of this pristine private island is 2 hours and 21 minutes (by a man) - think you can beat that?
Whether you go for the big one or not, simply dipping in the pristine waters off this spot on Scotland's west coast north of Oban is an unforgettable experience - warm up afterwards at the five-star Isle of Eriska Hotel and spa.
We're talking luxurious isolation, with otter watching on the beach, indoor tennis courts, nine-hole golf course, clay pigeon shooting, private hot tubs, kayaking and horse riding. Plus an indoor pool, for when the call of wild swimming palls.
Check out wildswim.com for more perfect outdoor swimming spots
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Posted: 03/11/2013 at 04:01
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