Five iconic outdoor swimming locations
- Thursday 15 July 2021
Some of the most beautiful and iconic locations throughout the country are fortunate to be home to some fantastic swimming spots. From castles to country estates, we have compiled a list that stretches across the whole of the UK focusing on the best iconic swimming spots. For lovers of history and beautiful swimming locations, there is nothing better than being able to enjoy your surroundings from cool crisp water. We’ve included some activities available nearby so you can prepare a fantastic day out in whichever location you prefer. As with most places, always check opening times to make sure you don’t miss out on some fantastic experiences.
The Old Bathing Place
Located just outside the iconic historical town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, this small stretch of the River Avon known as The Old Bathing Place is a fantastic spot for swimmers to relax and enjoy a dip in the beautiful area. A small beach lines the shore of the river making entry into the clean water easy and mud free. The water itself is shallow and, at deepest, reaches to around chest height meaning that even inexperienced outdoor swimmers will find this spot enjoyable. For those wanting to explore the area a little more during their trip, the Shakespeare’s Birthplace museum located in the heart of the town is a great place to start. If you book in advance, you may also be lucky enough to enjoy a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, again found in the middle of the town.
Sandwiching the River North Tyne are the stunning ancient Roman ruins of the Chesters Fort and Bridge. Shallow and with grassy banks, the Chesters section of the North Tyne is easy to enter, with deeper pools available downstream perfect for a brisk and simple swim. This historic and bewitching location can be combined with an exploration of Chesters Roman Fort and Chesters Bridge Abutment, run by English Heritage, or Brunton Turret further along Hadrian’s Wall.
In the shadow of the striking ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a picturesque stretch of the River Windrush winds its way through the grounds. With easy access down sloping banks and shady spots for a picnic, this is a great place to take in the stunning scenery of the Cotswolds. The water is shallow enough for small children to paddle, and the water gets deeper on the side farthest from the ruins for those wanting a dip. There are several pubs in Minster Lovell village, including the White Hart, and for a full day out, the North Leigh Roman Villa is a short drive away.
Essex Bridge, River Trent
This historic bridge was built in the sixteenth century by the Earl of Essex for Queen Elizabeth I and remains to this day a popular location to enjoy the surrounding Staffordshire countryside and refreshing water of the River Trent. The current is gentle enough for inexperienced swimmers and near the river banks the water is suitable for paddling. For those wanting to explore some local history, 300 miles away to the west is the iconic Shugborough Hall, a beautiful historical site which is open to the public and is perfect for exploring after a cooling swim in the river.
Abbey Fields Swimming Pool
Found in the shadow of Kenilworth Castle, this uniquely situated outdoor swimming pool is a great spot to visit for a fantastic day out. The pool is cool and clean with a shallow end suitable for paddling and younger swimmers as well as a deep end perfect for swimming. The draw of this swim spot is its location to the neighbouring castle which is open to the public. With many activities on offer, it's a great place to head for after enjoying the pool.
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