The most beautiful wild swimming spots in the UK

From picturesque countryside swims to the cliffs of Dover…

wild swimming
Adam Burton/robertharding/REX/Shutterstock

Now that the summer’s gradually drawing to an end, we’ve been trying to make the most of the blistering heat with weekly trips to the lido and picnics in the park. There’s no doubt that the weather’s getting chillier, but if you want to make the most of a sunny weekend then there’s nothing better than a road trip to a secret oasis. We’re always going to be partial to a gorgeous swimming pool, but there’s something about splashing about in nature that’s utterly magical.

From picturesque seaside harbours to hidden stretches of the Thames, the expert swimmers in the know over at Selkie Swim shared their favourite places to practice your backstroke. We’d definitely recommend bringing a few ciders and your camera, since many of these places are basically screaming to be posted on Instagram.

Here’s the ten best spots for wild swimming in the UK below…

1. Blea Tarn

wild swimming

Jeremy Lightfoot/robertharding/REX/Shutterstock

Fay said, ‘This spot always has the “wow” factor, no matter how many times you return. It is a site of special scientific interest and is good for wildlife spotting too. It’s quiet, remote, rather untouched and turns icy in winter. There are a few shingles beaches from where to enter the water and the Langdales make a wonderful backdrop.’

wild swimming

Selkie Swim

There’s a National Trust car park nearby (LA22 9JU) and a good access path which goes most of the way around the tarn, with benches. You can also head on over to Sticklebarn pub to refuel after a day spent swimming, plus grab a sneaky pint if you’re so inclined.

Address: Blea Tarn, Langdale, The Lake District, Cumbria

2. Tor Bay

wild swimming

Environmental Images/Universal Images Group/REX/Shutterstock

Andrew said, ‘[Tor Bay] is a large horseshoe shaped, sheltered, sandy beach, at the eastern end of Oxwich bay. It sits gloriously between the limestone headlands of Great Tor and Little Tor and the water is some of the best quality in the UK. The beach is at its best between mid and high-tide, and there is always sand even at high tide. It’s a lovely for a coastal swim with the possibility to swim out and around the headland to Three Cliffs (avoid the headland on the outgoing tide as there are strong rip currents forming then).’

The nearest Parking is in Penmaen and Tor Bay beach is accessed via a good coastal clifftop path, followed by a steep sandy path down to the beach. It’s dog-friendly all throughout the season, however do bear in mind that there aren’t any lifeguards if you’re bringing little ones.

Address: Tor Baoy, Penmaen, Swansea, SA3 2HJ

3. Kingsand Beach

wild swimming

David Lomax/robertharding/REX/Shutterstock

‘Kingsand Beach is located in what’s known as ‘the forgotten corner’ of Cornwall,’ Becky said. ‘It’s lovely, quiet and sheltered, as it is located in Plymouth Sound and there are even swimming buoys out in the bay. You can venture further out to Pier Cellars or all the way out to Penlee Point, but must watch out for water traffic. ‘The Devonport Arms’ pub is right on the beach as well, which is rather handy.’

wild swimming

Selkie Swim

This child-friendly beach is reachable from Plymouth either by a small boat that runs from the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican to the adjoining village Cawsand (seasonal), or by road. Parking-wise, there’s two decent car parks in both villages. If you’re super lucky, you might even be able to spot the neighbourhood dolphins who occasionally make an appearance.

Address: Kingsand Beach, Kingsand, Cornwall, PL10 1NA

4. Chichester Harbour

wild swimming

Jean Brooks/robertharding/REX/Shutterstock

Stephen said, ‘Chichester Harbour is a beautiful stretch of water running from the ancient city of Chichester, all the way to East Head and finally out to West Wittering Beach. Sheltered from the wind, it has several places to get in for a dip, Dell Quay, Itchenor & Bosham Hoe, all steeped in tales of smuggling and local folklore. [If you go] swimming in the harbour, you will always find new things to see and explore. And if you have had enough, you can take the Itchenor ferry back to the shore.’

On a more practical note, he also advised swimmers, ‘Watch out for marine traffic and make sure you’re visible. Early morning and late evenings are the quietest. [It’s] also the best time for stunning sunset swims. If it’s windy, the sailing clubs are out, but you can hug the banks on higher tides and swim under the branches of the old trees which is pretty idyllic.’

According to Stephen, there’s also a few nice old waterside pubs and cafes for food and refreshments. For more information, you can check out Chichester Harbour Conservancy for local information, maps and harbour tides.

Address: Chichester Harbour, Chichester, PO2 07EJ

5. Old Harry Rocks

wild swimming

Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock

Stuart said, ‘Studland is a beautiful, scenic and popular National Trust series of beaches. Although coastal swims along the beaches are lovely with amazing views, the longer, tide dependant, swim to Old Harry Rocks is a bucket list must-have. Knoll beach, home to Studland Watersports, is a good starting point, as you can hire kayaks for someone to paddle as you swim for support and get tide information and tips; and the views of Old Harry rocks and the Purbeck hills from there are amazing.’

Parking is available in the two National Trust car parks a few metres from the beach. There’s also a cosy café for refreshments and food.

Address: Old Harry Rocks, Studland, near Swanage, Dorset

6. The Flower Pot

View this post on Instagram

Summer swimming in the Thames #summer #river #thames

A post shared by Chris Peters (@crisp_eater) on

‘At the very end of Aston Lane is a lovely bucolic spot, from which to enter the Thames via a small slipway, for a dip or a longer swim in the Hambleden Valley,’ Jon said. ‘It is a long stretch of river with an island to swim upstream to or around, and a pontoon with water usually deep enough to jump or dive in.’

wild swimming

Selkie Swim

He continued, ‘The flow can be high at times, making it a challenging upstream swim with an easy float back. And there is a cold spring stream running into the river by the slipway, making the entry point a little chillier than the rest of the river.’

Easy parking is located right by the river at the very end of Aston Lane. For refreshments and pub grub, the Flower Pot pub is signposted and just up the lane.

Address; The Flower Pot, River Thames, Henley on Thames, RG9 3DG

7 and 8. Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4BG and Bantham Swoosh

wild swimming

Selkie Swim

Di said, ‘Burgh Island and the Bantham Swoosh are iconic South Devon landmarks, directly opposite Bigbury-on-sea beach, which is only accessible by a strip of sand at low tide. The island is famed for its links to Agatha Christie, the art-deco inspired hotel and as a one-time haunt for pirates and smugglers.’

She added, ‘From the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea you can swim around Burgh Island. The level of the tide determines the extend of the beach and thus the length of the swim.’

wild swimming

Selkie Swim

‘You can also do mini swooshes from Bantham Sands, running up the sandy banks as far as you like on an outgoing tide, plop in and swoosh down, get out with a big smile on your face and repeat!’ she finished.

She advised planning the swim beforehand and to ask the advice of the lifeguards on the East beach in season.There are paying car parks both in Bigbury and Bantham, depending on where you would like to start from and they do get pretty busy in season. After finishing up your swim, you can also finish off with some awesome food from the Gastrobus at Bantham Beach or a burger to die for at the pastel coloured old school Citroen van.

Address for Burgh Island: Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4BG

Address for Bantham Swoosh: Bantham Swoosh, South Devon

9. Dover Harbour

wild swimming

Josef Puchinger/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

‘Despite being a major port, [Dover Harbour] has a surprisingly pleasant (sharp) shingle beach, clean water and an attractive seafront behind,’ Nick said. ‘It is overlooked by the imposing medieval Dover Castle and the fortifications in the cliffs, the stunning white Cliffs themselves, the Western Heights Napoleonic defences and you can watch the ferries come and go.’

‘There is a designated recreation area and away from the ferries is the harbour used by swimmers which is about 1 km across,’ he said. ‘It is special as it is packed with history of Channel crossing training.’

There’s parking behind the promenade and a water sports centre on the beach that rents out equipment, if you’re keen to jump on a kayak. It’s also surrounded by cafes and shops as it’s super close to the centre of town.

Address: Dover Harbour, Dover, Kent, CT161LA

10. Clifton Hampden Bridge, Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, OX14 3EE

wild swimming

Nigel R. Barklie/REX/Shutterstock

Katie said, ‘[Clifton Hampden Bridge] is a distinctive 19th century bridge, stepping over the still narrow river Thames in a pretty picturesque Oxfordshire village. The banks are covered in wildflowers and majestic trees, there is a lot of wildlife around and the river quickly finds its way away from the traffic and into the quiet countryside.’

‘You can swim for as long as you want,’ she explained. ‘There are entry spots on both side of the river, although the “post office lay-by” side has a couple of benches carved out of tree trunks and a table for a picnic. Swim upstream under the arches of the bridge, and back down again, or you can carry on upstream until you reach the lock channel and even further if you stay left. Downstream is also a nice swim through trees and fields.’

wild swimming

She also shared a handy secret, ‘The post office sells local fruit and veg, cakes and the best pain au chocolat for miles, but you will need to be early!’

If you’re looking for a spot to park your car, there’s spaces in the layby by the post office.

Address: Clifton Hampden Bridge, Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, OX14 3EE

The post The most beautiful wild swimming spots in the UK appeared first on Marie Claire.

Marie Claire

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Style Your Home’s Outdoors with All the Perfect Additions from MacKenzie-Childs! Save on Tables, House Letters & Chairs. Shop Now!

11 Clarifying Shampoos to Save Your Strands After Swimming

While we’re big fans of those beachy waves that come from taking a dip in the ocean, the effect pools have on our hair is another story. Pools can cause hair to feel dry and brittle and sometimes even turn it green. That’s why clarifying shampoos are so important.

Clarifying shampoos are a year-round necessity if you’re a product junkie. But summer brings special concerns from all the time we spend in the water. If you’ve got blond locks, your biggest seasonal hurdle is trying to prevent that dreaded green tinge after swimming in chlorinated water. News flash: Chlorine is not the real culprit. It’s actually copper in the water that’s oxidized by chlorine that gives the less-than-desirable tint.

How often you treat your hair to clarifying shampoo depends on the nature of your strands. It’s best to stick to using one once or twice a week, but be careful if your locks are colored. Clarifying shampoos are great for prepping your hair before getting it colored, but they can wreak havoc on that new shade since they’ve been known to strip color.

If you’re planning to spend the rest of the summer underwater, you’ll need some good waterproof makeup and one of these clarifying shampoos that are real lifesavers for your strands.

[ Next: Yes, You Really Do Need to Wear Hair Sunscreen Every Day ]

The post 11 Clarifying Shampoos to Save Your Strands After Swimming appeared first on theFashionSpot.

theFashionSpot

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Strokes of genius: the beauty and calm of wild swimming

From tranquility in the Lake District and Brecon Beacons to lovely lochs in the Cairngorms, six enthusiasts reveal their top spots for a wild swim

Suzanna Cruickshank
When I first moved to the Lake District I was a big walker but then I started swimming and realised all those feelings you get from climbing a mountain – the sense of peace, the satisfaction – you can get from swimming for five minutes in a lake. Swimming is a different way to appreciate the beauty of the area; it’s a view that you’re not sharing with anyone else because you’re on your own out there.

Continue reading…
Travel | The Guardian

TRAVEL DEAL UPDATE:

Olympian Alleges USA Swimming of Abuse Cover-Up

Associated Press

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

USA Swimming faces allegations of sexual abuse

ABC News

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Family Claims Toddler Contracted “Flesh-Eating” Bacteria After Swimming

The enormous sores appeared after what was supposed to be a fun day at the lake.

Health – Good Housekeeping

HEALTH CARE UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Diver slits wrist while swimming with sharks in scary stunt

This is the bizarre moment a daredevil diver slashes open his own wrist in shark-filled waters to prove a very dangerous point. The chilling clip, which was posted on Facebook, begins with a close-up of Skyler Thomas, the owner of White Shark Video, brandishing a knife for the camera. As the camera pulls away, it…
Living | New York Post

SPECIAL SHOE DEAL UPDATE:

This Swim School Franchise Owner Proves; Yes, We ‘Own’ Swimming

It’s been an exciting year for Karese Cain, co-owner of a British Swim School franchise in Miami. Not only has she been profiled in the media—now she’s looking to expand after less than two years into the business.

For someone that never considered business ownership, Cain’s story is quite remarkable.

 

 

(Karese Cain (left) and Maybelline Yurco. Image: Courtesy of Karese Cain)

 

Taking the Dive into Franchising

 

The Howard University graduate started working at the British Swim School part-time for three to four years, where she met fellow instructor and future business partner, Maybelline Yurco. The Center that Cain and Yurco were managing and teaching at, was one of the top performing locations. To their surprise, the COO of the franchise informed them that the site was going to put up for sale, and wanted them to consider purchasing it.

Yurco, having had some previous business experience, was immediately excited about the opportunity and talked to her father about funding options. Cain, on the other hand, was quite apprehensive, as she had never considered the idea of being her own boss, or running a business. Just the idea of being able to pay herself and a business was daunting. But after further consideration, she felt the reward was more powerful than the risk. She believed in herself, her partner, and the franchise.

 

Selecting a Franchise That Represented Her Passion

 

There were several factors that helped push her over the “fear” line when purchasing the franchise, however, a few key points really stood out. The investment in the business was manageable, due to the model. British Swim School leverages local fitness centers, as well as public and private pool facilities to provide swimming classes. This keeps overhead costs low, and allows owners to grow the business by offering a variety of classes, at various sites, at various times.

Secondly, swimming is something she is passionate about. Cain’s mother first enrolled her in swimming classes in her home country of Jamaica when she was 2-years-old. She fell in love with the water, and grew up swimming competitively. She enjoys sharing her passion for swimming with others, and really connects with the franchises goal of enabling and empowering children to feel comfortable in the water, while being safe.

 

Cain’s Advice on Purchasing a Franchise

 

One might think that Cain gets surprised reactions from people when they find out she owns a swimming school. On the contrary! Because of the diversity of the community that surrounds them, close to half of her students are black. Yurco, who is also an immigrant, sees their ethnicity as a plus, as it helps both parents and children feel more comfortable, by combating many of the prejudice and stereotypes that surround swimming. In addition, as one of the very few minority owners, they garner a level of publicity that other owners don’t necessarily receive, which is always great for business. They are both excited to see more black and Hispanic owners investing in the franchise.

Cain has valuable advice for those considering purchasing a franchise business:

  • Do your due diligence
  • If you don’t have experience in a key piece of the business, consider bringing in a partner that has that experience
  • Consider working as an employee first. It’s an excellent way to learn the system and the company
  • Find a franchise that has a great operational support and owners network
  • If an opportunity arises, take it!

Sports instruction is a $ 5 billion industry, and is one of the fastest growing industries around—slated to grow at a rate between 3-5% this year. With the ability to teach classes all year round due to indoor and outdoor pool facilities, an owner of a swim school can gross over $ 1 million in sales annually. With the passion, expertise, and dedication Cain and Yurco have, I’d say they are well on their way.

Small Business – Black Enterprise

FASHION DEALS UPDATE:

This Man Built a Gigantic Swimming Pool Right in His Backyard

It contains more than 300,000 gallons of water!

Home Ideas – Good Housekeeping

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Gold Medalist Simone Manuel Offers Advice on Swimming and Life

Simone Manuel

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Manuel is only 20-years-old. However, her history-making win at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games—where she became the first African American swimmer to win an individual Olympic Gold medal—has allowed her to become a voice of expertise when it comes to matters of swimming and, to some extent, life.

 

Simone Manuel, the first African American swimmer to win an individual Olympic gold medal. (Photo courtesy of USA Swimming Foundation)

 

The Stanford University student is currently part of the USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” initiative that, since 2007, has helped five million U.S. children learn to swim with free or low-cost swim lessons. The USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” initiative partners with communities, learn-to-swim providers, and other national organizations to provide swimming lessons to children and families. Their goal is to reach one million children annually.

BLACK ENTERPRISE caught up with Manuel in a recent phone interview, where she discussed why she felt it necessary to participate in this initiative, as well as the importance of young people learning how to swim, aside from saving one’s life.

 

Insight From Simone Manuel

 

BLACK ENTERPRISE: Though an excellent skill to acquire, learning to swim can be a privilege for some, depending on where they live and what resources are available. However, you were able to learn how to swim by the time you turned age four. What can you say to parents and kids or teenagers about why swimming is a vital skill worth learning, especially at a young age?

Simone Manuel: I come from a very athletic family; my parents wanted their daughters to be engaged in sports.  It’s so vital to learn this sport; learning how to swim can save your life, and reduce the likelihood of you drowning by 88%. Swimming also allows kids to develop their social and communication skills and [teaches the value of] work hard and setting goals. I’ve learned a lot about myself and others [as a competitive swimmer]. Just being able to learn can make you a better swimmer, professional, or student.

 

BE: For even the most successful entrepreneur or professional, the potential for setbacks or failure will always be there. What advice do you have for readers on how to get back up to overcome challenges when things don’t go as planned?

SM: Remember the goal you had in the first place. You don’t always reach it the first time around, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up. I’m a firm believer in believing in the process; failure is part of success—if you don’t fail, you won’t [ever] know what success[truly] is.

 

Simone Manuel. (Photo courtesy of USA Swimming Foundation)

 

BE: What keeps you grounded and focused?

SM: I feel like I was born to do the sport of swimming. However, when I was growing up, my parents would stress how swimming wasn’t all that defined me; it wasn’t the only thing that made me, me. My friends and school have helped to keep me grounded. I have other responsibilities, too. There are other components of my life that allow me to do more than just sit back and think about what I’ve done—I also think about what’s next.

 

BE: What’s the best advice you’ve received that you’d like to share with those in your age group?

SM: Always believe in your dreams, and protect that. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do or be something, because you can if you are willing to work hard and fight for what you want.

 

 

For more information about Make a Splash or to find swimming lessons near you,click here.

Lifestyle – Black Enterprise

EMPLOYMENT SEARCH UPDATE:

7.5″ Green Dinosaur Noodle Head Shooter Swimming Pool Water Squirt Toy

7.5″ Green Dinosaur Noodle Head Shooter Swimming Pool Water Squirt Toy


This cute, colorful and textured green dinosaur squirt toy will liven up any swimming pool party Shoots water up to 10 feet Soft, flexible and easy to fill Fits on the SWIM WAY 12328 super swim noodle and most fat noodles (not included) For children ages 5+ Dimensions: 7.5″H x 5″W x 4.5″D Material(s): PVC
List Price: $ 18.99
Price: $ 16.99

6″ Junior Racer Pink and White Goggles Swimming Pool Accessory for Chi

6″ Junior Racer Pink and White Goggles Swimming Pool Accessory for Chi


Let your children have a fun underwater experience with this pink and white swim goggles while having fun in the swimming pool Soft oversize PVC eye cups to help prevent leaking Shatter-resistant safety lens Adjustable head strap and nose bridge Ages 3+ Dimensions: 1.75″H x 6″W x 1.25″D Material(s): plastic/ rubber
List Price: $ 4.99
Price: $ 2.99

Mastering Swimming

Mastering Swimming


Trim seconds off your time, train more efficiently, or simply maximize your fitness workouts with "Mastering Swimming." Renowned coaches Jim Montgomery and Mo Chambers have teamed up to create the ultimate swimming guide for masters athletes. Swimmers aged 18 to 120 will benefit from a targeted approach that covers these essentials: -Stroke instruction and refinement for freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly -Workout plans for fitness and competition -Training for open-water swimming and triathlon -Second-saving starts and turns In addition, "Mastering Swimming" covers equipment, dryland training, motivational strategies, and guidance for selecting a masters coach or program. With such complete coverage, it’s the one resource you’ll turn to time and again for a lifetime of serious swimming.
List Price:
Price:

Dog Forgot What Swimming Is, But Not What Talking Is

You may have seen that video going around of the dog that just doesn’t understand the concept of a pool.

Well, in case you were wondering what was going through that dog’s mind, the Internet is here to tell you, because the Internet has the power to tell us everything.

He just didn’t want to get his fur wet because he didn’t have any gel.

Plus, it would get all fluffy if it got wet. Gawd!

Via Tastefully Offensive
Comedy – The Huffington Post
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS-Visit Mobile Playboy today for the hottest adult entertainment online!