Wild swimming: the UK’s best outdoor swim spots

Cool off and take a dip in rivers, lakes, waterfalls and seas

With the UK set to welcome a heatwave, what better way to cool off than going for a wild outdoor swim? Britain’s beaches, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, coves and caves are “cleaner, safer and more accessible than at any time in living memory”, said the Wild Swimming guide. The health benefits of a wild or natural swim are well known, “so take the plunge and dip in”. Here we pick out some of the best places for wild swimming in the UK.

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Mike Starling is the digital features editor at The Week, where he writes content and edits the Arts & Life and Sport website sections and the Food & Drink and Travel newsletters. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon.