Swimming as we all know is good for us, it is low impact and a great vascular work out. But, for many the thought of doing lengths in a pool is not their idea of fun. There is a growing group of people who are turning to wild swimming to keep them selves fit, enjoy a bit of nature and return to simpler times. Perhaps the most publicised wild swimming to date was that of David Walliams who swam 140 miles from Lechdale in Gloucestershire to Westminster in London over eight days. Helping to raise over 1.1 million pounds in the process.
So wild swimming is good for you and can be amazing for charity fundraising but where about can you get involved? Well anywhere is the basic answer. This is the beauty of wild swimming, the UK has some fantastic rivers that are perfect for swimming in as well as stunning coast land that can be enjoyed. I thought it would be interesting to highlight some better known places up and down the country where you can head out and swim in nature.
Starting up North on the Isle of Skye, the fairy pools are a well known swimming spot that is fairly remote and reportedly has the clearest water in Britian. Remember it will be cold!
Throughout Scotland there are many lochs and rivers that are great spots to swim, see some nature and a bit of history too!
If we move south to the lake district there are so many places to swim that you are spoiled for choice. With Wordsworth ringing in your ears there is a broad range of lakes, pools and jumps to be enjoyed.
The lake district is arguably some of the most beautiful countryside in the country and while it is there to be enjoyed we must ensure that we treat it with respect and leave it the way we found it. This can be said for any of the wild swimming pools, they should be there to be enjoyed by people for years to come.
If we look further South to the Devon and Somerset regions there are many spots being supplied by the high moors of Dartmoor and Exmoor. This video shows and excellent tidal area swimming that is peaceful with a weak current.
As we slowly start to creep out of winter hibernation and into warmer climes of Spring and Summer wild swimming should be on your mind. It is a perfect day out, fresh air, exercise with beautiful scenery. For those of you with a more competitive edge there are wild swimming races that you can enter, again a great way to help charities and keep your self active.
I created a list with a few more location suggestions and some really nice images that you can check out here. I hope that you will take the time to go out exploring the countryside in the summer and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any pools for a quick dip.