Best Swimming Locations In The UK

Best beaches

Woolacombe beach, Devon
Popular with surfing, the nearest train station here is 12 miles away at Barnstaple.
Weymouth beach, Dorset
Situated on the town of Weymouth with a train station in the middle. A sea life centre just off the beach as another activity in the area.
Rhossili bay, Swansea
18 miles to the east of Swansea in Wales, approximately a 40 minute drive.
Porthminster beach, Cornwall and Porthmear beach, Cornwall 
In St.Ives with a train station in the middle of the town.
Hengistbury beach, Dorset
Part of the coastline of Bournemouth, main train station into the area is the Bournemouth station.
Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk
24 miles from the town of Kings Lynn which has a central train station.
Coppet hall beach, Pembrokeshire
Near to a town called Saundersfoot with a train station and an hour drive to the city of Swansea.

Best lakes

Goldiggins Quarry – Cornwall
Lake Buttermere – Cumbria
3 miles end to end swim, no markers, or buoys but the lake is completely empty of boats and islands so a clear view from all around.
Ullswater – Lake District
A very busy lake recommended to swim the shore line and make yourself visible with a bright hat or a restube which are orange and easily visible.
Coniston Water – Lake District Windermere – Lake District
Both also busy recommendation is as above swim the shore be visible.


Best rivers



The Grantchester Meadows, Cambridgeshire

2km of meadows with deep banks which are good for diving but can sometimes be muddy. Perfect for swimming and just upstream of the city of Cambridge.

Lady Falls ‘Sgwd Gwladys’ – near Pontneddfechan, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Listed on the telegraph as one of the 20 best spots for wild swimming, the waterfall and surrounding scenery are stunning. 
River Avon, Claverton weir
Off the A36 and down ferry lane there is the weir where there are deep spots and shallow areas for paddling and also swimming.
River Ouse, Yorkshire
Barcombe mills is the best spot with 5km of clean water with no currents making is easy to swim for all types of swimmers and ability levels.
Skye fairy pools, Scotland
Crystal clear waters and water falls along the trail, multiple good spots to go for a swim, a car park near to the site makes it easy to access and travel too.
River Dart, Devon
An area just around the corner from Dartmouth castle, it is a tidal river and so around high tides one must swim with caution as there are rocky areas which can be dangerous. However, a great pace to swim nonetheless