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Wild Swimming Spots in the UK

Wild swimming has taken the UK by storm recently! Although it seems like a fairly modern concept there is evidence that we have been doing this low-cost hobby since the 16th century! However, due to the pandemic forcing us to be isolated in our homes, this rising craze seemed to be the best way to reconnect with people (be that socially distanced) and reap the mental and physical health benefits of Wild Swimming.

From the chilly highlands to the southern coasts, people have been flocking to Britain’s lakes, rivers and seas to get involved. Find below some of our favourite Wild Swimming spots and where to stay nearby!

Elan Wye Junction Pool 

In this scenic spot the river Elan joins the River Wye to form a mixture of deep and shallow water, perfect for swimming. This location can get fairly chilly when the dams are opened in the summer, so this one is definitely for the brave! Whilst you are in this area why not make the most of your time and head over to explore the stunning 6 dams at Elan Valley Reservoir.

Where to stay?

Treat yourself to a quirky and unusual stay in Stellar Safari Lodge. This luxurious glamping lodge is only 10 minutes away from the access point of Elan junction pool. Stellar Safari Lodge sleeps six guests and boasts its own wood fired hot tub, perfect for warming up after your wild swim.

Wild swim day in Pembrokeshire

During your stay in our cool and quirky Geodome’s why not treat yourself to a guided Wild Swim. perfect if you are just getting started or if you’re an experienced swimmer. Laura Owen Sanderson will be your guide, taking you off the beaten track and Wild Swimming in some of Pembrokeshire’s best wild swimming spots.

Where to stay?

Where better than in The Domes. Ultra stylish Glamping at it’s best! A collection of five Geodomes to chose from, featuring stylish interiors and Wood burning Hot Tubs! Four legged friends are also welcome during your stay here.

quirky glamping, dog friendly, hot tubPowick Bridge

You may have heard of The Battle of Powick Bridge which took place circa mid 17th century. Well this bridge now sets the scene for a lovely Wild Swimming spot in Worcestershire. Approached via a lovely country walk, why not take a picnic and make the most of your journey. The water here isn’t too deep but can be fresh and fairly fast flowing so this one is for the experienced swimmers amongst us!

Where to stay?

Set up base camp in one of Rowley Farms delicious cottages. There are three wholesome cottages to choose from: The Hayloft, The Stables and The Old Dairy. The cottages sleep up to four people and have luxurious wood fired hot tubs!

Marles Wood

This wonderful location is set about a mile away from Ribchester and offers scenic countryside views. Marles Wood is accessed through sandy beaches leading from the public footpath by the river. Please bear in mind this can be a fast river so take extra care, however it is a beloved wild swimming spot by locals!

Where to stay?

We recommend staying at Bowland Retreat lodges. A collection of utterly luxurious lodges near Clitheroe, Lancashire. Boasting homely comforts, fabulous hot tubs and situated in a great location.

Caban Eric’s Wild pools

Situated on the grounds of Caban Eric are various 4.5ft deep plunge pools filled from the local stream. The prettiest and safest environment to try your hand at Wild Swimming. The only noisy neighbours you may hear are the birds and wildlife!

Where to stay?

Well Caban Eric of course! This beautifully airy cabin near Mold, North Wales is the best place to relax and warm up after a day of exploring and Wild Swimming.

Please don’t forget that wild swimming can be dangerous, follow guidance and where appropriate seek professional supervision.


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