Sunday, April 5, 2020

In the UK, be captivated by wild swimming : Booking.com

The UK’s gentle countryside and abundant bodies of water mean visitors will find ample opportunities for al fresco dips. Traverse near-forgotten pathways and stumble upon distant glades while exploring our pick of the country's six most alluring wild swimming spots. Article by booking.com.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

The Fairy Pools look as magical as they sound
The Fairy Pools look as magical as they sound
The Fairy Pools form a collection of ice-blue waters and tumbling rapids that look like something straight out of Scottish folklore. Amid the Isle of Skye's emerald knolls (hills) and towering glens (valleys), these ponds can be reached via a trek along the River Brittle. The water temperature may be breathlessly cold but it's also endlessly enticing and refreshing to swim beneath rocky cliffs and under hidden arches shrouded by waterfalls. Clamber up onto the surrounding rocks to dry off in the sun before a drive home to the wooden cabins of Skeabost View Pods Skye.


Lower Ddwili Falls, Brecon Beacons

The Lower Ddwili Falls are hidden in the woods of Pontneddfechan
The Lower Ddwili Falls is hidden in the woods of Pontneddfechan
Hidden in Wales' bucolic Waterfall Country beneath the hulking red sandstone peaks of the Brecon Beacons, you'll find the Lower Ddwili Falls. An open pool crested by gushing waterfalls, this place is a real spectacle. You can reach it via a walk through the woods from the villages of Pontneddfechan or Pont Melin-Fach. On sunny days, the waterfall mist leaves rainbow trails overhead. Spend the night at the 18th-century farmhouse, Beili Helyg Guest House, just a short drive away.

Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire

True to its name, the Blue Lagoon is a gorgeous sheen of turquoise
True to its name, the Blue Lagoon is a gorgeous sheen of turquoise
On the Pembrokeshire shoreline near Abereiddy, there's a quarry filled with turquoise water that's known locally as the Blue Lagoon. At 25 metres deep, this shimmering plunge pool is primed for diving enthusiasts, having hosted a global cliff-diving competition. For a dose of adrenaline, the old quarry building serves as a great platform to jump from, though a languid swim through the silky waters is just as good. The lagoon is reached via the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – stay at Caerhys B&B, which is just half a kilometre away from the coastal trail.


Linhope Spout Waterfall, Northumberland

Dive into this surreal Northumberland pool before a picnic beside it
Dive into this surreal Northumberland pool before a picnic beside it
You’ll know when you’ve reached Linhope Spout Waterfall when you hear its long plume of water crashing down into the plunge pool and onto the rocks below. It's as spectacular a backdrop for wild swimming as it is for a picnic, with the waterfall being 18 metres high and slicing straight down through a quiet glade. You may be sharing your serene swimming spot with the local red squirrel, often spotted scurrying across the forest floor in search of fallen pine cones. Complete your day out with a night at the equally pretty Tankerville Arms in the nearby village of Eglingham.

Llyn Glaslyn, Snowdonia

Lyln Glaslyn has a long-standing association with Arthurian legend
Lyln Glaslyn has a long-standing association with Arthurian legend
The lake of Llyn Glaslyn is shaped like a heart and cradled by mountains and has long been the subject of Arthurian legend. Folklore suggests that King Arthur had Sir Bedivere hurl his sword Excalibur into the water here, with Arthur’s body later placed in a boat to be carried away to Avalon. Glaslyn is also the alleged resting place of a water monster that once wreaked havoc upon the people of the valley. These days it’s more sun and scenery than swords and sea creatures, with deep blue waters and mountains that are often thinly veiled in mist. The lake can be reached by walking Snowdonia's Miners' Track. Keep your outdoors adventure going with a stay at one of these wooden camping pods.


Stainforth Force, North Yorkshire

Wander past the thunderous Catrigg Force on your way to Stainforth Force
Wander past the thunderous Catrigg Force on your way to Stainforth Force
Stainforth Force is a great swimming choice for the truly wild at heart. A tumble of icy rapids swerves down the stony river bed here, culminating in a frothing waterfall. It's enveloped by a series of staggered cliffs, providing multiple spots for any brave swimmers to jump off and plunge into the chilly waters below. While you’re in the water, it’s not unusual to see pink-trim wild salmon leaping in and out of the river. Cross the ancient packhorse bridge when you head home towards the Falcon Manor Hotel, admiring the windswept landscape of the Yorkshire Dales on your way.
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20 comments

  1. Wow, so many beautiful locations, the UK really has some stunning spots! Thanks for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  2. These are amazing. It make me yearn for the time we can travel again.
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  3. Wow UK has some great places! can't wait to travel again
    xoxo
    style frontier

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  4. The water looks so beautiful everywhere! Those places are beyond stunning.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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  5. What beautiful pools! Oh, take me there now... so tired of being shut in!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  6. So many beautiful locations to visit when we can leave again x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  7. Nothing beats beautiful waterfalls and pools like this! Would love to be at any one of them right now.

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  8. Wow, amazing places!!!

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  9. These all look incredible. Your picture from Stainforth Force looks like something out of a movie set - like it can't possibly be real. It's so beautiful!!

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  10. Seems incredible but before the corona virus spreading, I was just planning a trip to North England and Scotland for June (sicne the Cornwall is the only region i've visited pretty well)!
    These places are really stunning and I totally wanna visit!
    XO
    S
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  11. Oh dear, soon we will all be able to travel.

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