24 October 2022

Top 10 Wild Swimming Spots In The World – UK Edition

Today we’re going to take a quick look at the top ten spots to swim in the UK!

1. Loch An Eilein is found in the Rothiemurchus Forest, in the Cairngorms National Park. There’s a ruined castle on a small island just beyond the western shore, making it perfect for any swimmer with an adventurous heart.

2. Bryer is a must see wild swimming spot on the Isles of Scilly, just past Land’s End. There’s a mass of kelp forests visible through the crystalline, icy cool water!

3. The River Wharfe is right near the ruins of Bolton Abbey, meaning you can check them out and take a dip at the same time. This fresh water flows in from the nearby hills. As long as it’s not the middle of summer, you can find a quiet spot for yourself!

4. Loch Tarbert is found in Jura, at the center of the Hebridean island. The eastern end often offers a view of wild dear – not to mention that you can see Paps off in the distance! It’s a must swim spot for sure!

5. Llyn Cwm Bychan is a shining spot among the natural beauty of Wales. It’s not easy to get too, meaning it’s never busy. Because it’s so shallow, you can easily make it to the center of the lake and still be totally safe!

6. The River Waveney can be found at the idyllic Geldeston Locks, in Suffolk. It’s located near the Geldeston Locks pub, making it perfect for a swim and a pint. In fact, Roger Deakin, author of the Waterlog, considers it one of his favorite spots! With the thickets of poplar trees and the thick weeds just beneath the surface, it’s no wonder why!

7. Treyarnon Tidal Pool overlooks Treyarnon Bay. It’s just deep enough for cliff side jumping and perfect for sight seeing, but you should only visit during low tide. High tide can be dangerous even for experienced swimmers!

8. The Easedal Tarn is one of many swim spots in England’s Lake District. You can hike to it from Grasmere, explore the shallow lake, and rest on the many shelving beaches! It’s the perfect evening get away!

9. The Port Meadow is just outside of the center of Oxford. It’s best known for being where the Thames meets the Castle Mill Stream and is perfect for a wild swim without a long hike.

10. The Torrin Pools of the Isle of Skye are less popular than the nearby fairy pools, but still absolutely stunning to visit. You can see Bla Bheinn from the water, and bask on slabs of glistening marble, too!

There are jewels like these all over the UK. Which would be first on your list?