Make it a real adventure by stopping off for a wild dip on your travels. Here are a selection of our favourite spots (put together with the help of wild swimming guru Daniel Start – check out his guide book, Wild Swimming, here) for an exhilarating dip en route.

Pack your goggles! (And remember to stay safe.)

Granchester Meadows

At the outskirts of Cambridge with long, sometimes muddy banks for swimming and oodles of grass for basking afterwards.

Tinside Lido

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Plymouth’s staggering salt-water, art-deco Lido, built in 1935, is a great place for summer basking overlooking the harbour.

Woodchester Mansion

A gothic, Victorian mansion just off the M5 at junction 13 with five ponds set in 400-acres of woodland.

West Lydford

A pretty stretch of river that runs alongside the church yard. Its popularity means that it can get busy in warm weather, so remember to be respectful in the graveyard. Zip off the A303 and up the A37 at Podimore to find it.

Crook o’Lune

A beautiful wild swimming spot with gravel banks, and popular with picnickers in summer, but beware the stronger currents in the middle.

River Ure at Roecliff

Forgive the wintery picture, but the riverbank looks just gorgeous in this shot. It’s a lot less chilly at the moment, and the soothing stretch of river with grassy banks is both perfect for cooling off and just off the A1.

Preston Park

A popular spot in Stockton-on-Tees with a floating pontoon to drop you straight into deep waters.

New Bridge on Usk

A delicious swirl of cool water East of Newport with small river beaches and a lovely pub for pre- or post-swim refreshments.

Pooley Bridge

At the start of the Lake District and a formidable picnic and paddle spot.

Newport Pagnell 

River swimming in the Ouse, just off the A1. Careful the weeds.


Chalky banks and grassy meadows with a slipway for easy access.

Parchey Bridge, Chedzoy

A wide expanse of the King Sedgemoor drain, just off the M5 at Bridgewater.

Fingle Bridge 

Swim in the River Teign as it tumbles off Dartmoor, with its dammed area and gravel banks ideal for swimming.

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