Dare to Have a Dip Outdoors This Winter?

From plunging into the Atlantic in Cornwall to an icy swim in Snowdonia, these are some locations you can try if you are in the mood for an exhilarating, cold-water swim in late winter. But remember, the cold doesn’t care if you’re in a bikini or trikini!

Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia national park

Near the village of Llanberis, at the foot of Mount Snowdon, Llyn Padarn When you take a dip here, you’ll swim with the Torgoch - a unique type of Arctic char Fish. The lake also has a string of swim-scapes, from narrow lagoons to deeper waters.

Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall

The strong tides and rough waves of the Atlantic can be frightening for many swimmers. This pool offers a safer place to enjoy the frosty Cornish sea. Created in the 1930s, it’s overseen by lifeguards. The charity that runs the lake advises swimmers to avoid high tide and swim at low tide instead. Enjoy a warming cuppa afterward by dropping into the Life’s a Beach Café!

Loch Tay, Perthshire

When choosing a location for a chilly winter swim, it’s important to know where you can warm up afterward. Taymouth Marina has the perfect answer. It boasts an outdoor hot tub and wood-fired sauna-with-a-view. This facility even offers a slide that takes you right out into the lake. If you want to be sure of a spot on the warm-up bench, it’s opened all year round and worth booking.

Lugg, Herefordshire

The River Lugg has many ‘swim-pressive’ swimming spots along its winding course. One of them is in Bodenham Village, where its course offers sandy beaches and river pools. There are plenty of idyllic spots on The Lugg. This includes the two-mile stretch from Lugg Mill to Lugwardine Bridge. Plus, Lugg Meadow is one of the few remaining Lammas meadows in the UK!

Frensham Great Pond, Surrey

Situated near Farnham in the Surrey Hills, Frensham Great Pond was actually dugout in the 13th century as a fishpond. However, you don’t have to be a fish to swim there! Its spring-fed waters, which are attractive at most times of the year, especially in winter, when you won’t need to worry about the algal bloom. There is also a sandy beach reserved for swimming. If spending time at the pool really floats your boat, you are sure to have a great time.

Which of these outdoor swimming spots are you going to choose?

Lucky Pants Bingo / 22 February 2020