Wildswim: Beautiful 1930s art deco, semi-circular, Grade II-listed lido. Filled with treated sea-water, Tinside recently had �4million worth of restoration of original features such as colonnades, a central fountain, multi-coloured underwater floodlighting and jets.
Tel: 0870 3000042
Kate Rew: From my book, Wild Swim (Guardian Books, 2008).
Opened in 1935 and described at the time as ‘one of the finest open-sea bathing centres in the country’ the recently refurbished Tinside lido is stunning. Built in art deco style this semicircular pool has an fountain at it’s centre and a beach-towel stripes on the pool bottom. On scorching days the pool is packed; sit on deck chairs watching the ships in Plymouth Hoe and kids hurl themselves off high diving boards into the sea.
The pool was built over a rockpool locals used to swim in, and up 1000 people come here on good days, with ambient lighting and 10pm opening on hot summer nights. We arrive on in July, a strong wind roughing up the sea and whipping at our towels; just the time for seaside-dwellers to have a safe pool to swim in. The central fountain is set in a whale jet and the wind carries it across the pool. The pool is designed so it seems natural to swim across the stripes on it’s bottom rather than within them - a nice counter-indoor pool touch.
Tinside Lido, Plymouth Hoe, Devon.
Open May to September.
• Open 12 to 6.30pm, with some late night swim with submarine floodlighting over the summer.
From 2012 managed by 'Everyone Active' alongside Plymouth Council. For opening times, see http://www.everyoneactive.com/tabid/1691/default.aspx