Wild Swimming Havens in the UK

We have been out in the sunshine so much over the past month, swimming has been very much on our minds. What could be better than a country walk/trek, ending in a wild dip? Here SCRUBD share their recommendations for best places for wild swimming in the UK.

Llynnau Mymbyr, Snowdonia

The twin lakes of Llynnau Mymbyr set the bar high for a good spot on a clear day, with Mount Snowdon reflected in the cool, still waters. There is an easy pathway route from a nearby beach called Plas y Brenin, but prepare for all terrains as you approach the pools. On a windy day the water can be choppy, however it still makes for an excellent adventure!

River Thames, Pangbourne

The A very short distance from London there is a clean and clear place to dip in the Thames, famed to be one of the best wild swims near the capital, and very easily accessibly via the train from Pangbourne. The river sits right on the edge of the historic Chilterns, with chalky banks that overlook countryside as far as the eye can see. Swim for 3 miles to great foody pubs in Goring-on-Thames (where Jethro Tull’s house is), or keep swimming to Pangbourne, taking in views of Mapledurham House as you go.

River Derwent near Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

No summer visit to Chatsworth House is complete without a quick splash in the River Derwent. Downstream from the main bridge is the place to go, a bit further from the inevitable crowds. It’s also where all the best rope strings are, for the big splash! If you’re thinking of staying near by and making a trip of it the Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is the place to go.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

If you’re keen to really explore and get away from reality the Isle of Skye is the place for you. There will be nobody else at the Fairy Pools, even on a beautiful day, leaving you to enjoy the scenery in peace. There is a short and medium length walk to the pools from a car park, 2.4k and 5.5k respectively, so when you get there you can decide whether to venture further or to stick. If you don’t drive there is a bus that tours around that area that is very reliable.

Kailpot Crag, Ullswater, the Lake District

Ullswater is one of the most popular lakes in the area because it is the most naturally stunning, particularly in good weather. To escape crowding on this lake, head for Kailpot Crag, as the twisted and gnarly old Oak trees are perfect for jumping from into the water. With the west-facing view it’s perfect for all times of day, and is conveniently next to a great BBQ friendly beach. Stop in on your way home for a warming cup of tea at The Lowther Tea Room, open every day from March to November.

When wild swimming make sure that you get all the dirt and mud off your skin when you get back to reality. If pores become clogged with mud or salty water it can be bad for skin, we recommend using the SCRUBD Energising Face Scrub to remove excess sebum, dirt and dead skin all in one.