There may not be a heatwave quite yet, but it never hurt anyone
to be prepared. When the Great British summer finally arrives, take an alfresco
dip in one of London’s Art Deco lidos or venture out into the countryside for a
refreshing dip in wild waters – it's certainly bracing.
We've rounded up 6 of the best lidos, lakes and outdoor swimming
spots from London to Devon and a few in-between.
Now to find that swimsuit…
Hampstead Heath, London
The local swimming ponds are something of a highlight on the Heath – bear
with us on this one. Three ponds: one for men, elevated on a hillock; one for
women, veiled by oak trees, and a mixed pond for all. Which ever pool you choose, this is an idyllic spot to spend your Sunday afternoon.
Chagford Swimming Pool, Devon
Located within Dartmoor National Park, this fresh-water pool is
fed by the local river. The water is heated by the power of the sun and the
pool only opens in the afternoons, so you're sure to find it comfortably refreshing.
River Thames, Pangbourne, Berkshire
Not far from London, at the edge of Chilterns, are chalky banks and a wonderfully wild stretch of river. The local meadow opens onto the water outside a picturesque village filled with picnic opportunities – not a high-rise building in sight. Walk up stream and you'll find views of the historic Mapledurham house and the surprisingly clear water that makes this secluded spot a must-go.
Brockwell Lido, London
Dulwich Road boasts an Olympic length pool complete with hydrotherapy zone and an Art Deco Grade II-listed café. If you visit during the summer months then you might also catch a film screening.
The Serpentine, London
Some of the best views in London can be seen from Hyde Park, W2.
Beyond the luscious trees and pavilion you’ll see the skyscrapers of our
capital. Share the water with local ducks and swans – fear not, the water is
tested weekly for safety. The children’s area also comes complete with a
paddling pool and climbing frames.
Havre de Pas Tidal Pool,
This Victorian design fills with water from the sea when
the tide is high. It's the most southerly lido in the British Isles and is open
all year round – it's also free.
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