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27 new wild swimming spots have been created in England

Wild swimming has increased in popularity since 2020 when the whole of the UK was unable to travel, and it's no surprise why when you see some of the wild swimming spots that are on offer!

However, with that comes an increase in visitors, which for some of us may be annoying as all we'd like is a peaceful dip! Well, if you are one of these wild swimmers, then we have good news!

The government have now announced that there will be 27 proposed locations across England for new beautiful wild swimming spots, some of which include lakes and rivers in some of the most scenic locations.

Image of Thirlmere Infinity Pool in the Lake District

The new wild swimming areas include spots at Coniston and Derwent Waters in the Lake District, the River Severn and River Teme in Shropshire, the Frome in Somerset, the Ribble in Lancashire and the Cam in Cambridgeshire.

Beaches in Dorset, Devon, Sussex, Tyne and Wear, Essex and Berkshire have also made the list! The new wild swimming spots were chosen depending on how many people currently swim there and whether there are facilities including toilets etc.

In the UK there are currently over 400 different wild swimming spots, with some of the best in the Lake District and Scotland.

Image of Three Shires Head in the Peak District

The 27 new wild swimming spots are:

  • Church Cliff Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset

  • Coastguards Beach, River Erme, Devon

  • Coniston Boating Centre, Coniston Water, Cumbria

  • Coniston Brown Howe, Coniston Water, Cumbria

  • Littlehaven Beach, Tyne and Wear

  • Manningtree Beach, Essex

  • Monk Coniston, Coniston Water, Cumbria

  • River Avon at Fordingbridge, Hampshire

  • River Cam at Sheep’s Green, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

  • River Dart Estuary at Dittisham, Devon

  • River Dart Estuary at Steamer Quay, Totnes, Devon

  • River Dart Estuary at Stoke Gabriel, Devon

  • River Dart Estuary at Warfleet, Dartmouth, Devon

  • River Frome at Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset

  • River Nidd at the Lido Leisure Park in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

  • River Ribble at Edisford Bridge, Lancashire

  • River Severn at Ironbridge, Shropshire

  • River Severn at Shrewsbury, Shropshire

  • River Stour at Sudbury, Suffolk

  • River Teme at Ludlow, Shropshire

  • River Tone in French Weir Park, Taunton, Somerset

  • Wallingford Beach, River Thames, Berkshire

  • Derwent Water, Crow Park, Keswick, Cumbria

  • River Wharfe at Wetherby Riverside, West Yorkshire

  • Goring Beach, Worthing, West Sussex

  • Worthing Beach House, Worthing, West Sussex

  • Rottingdean Beach, Rottingdean, East Sussex

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