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Just one swim and I was hooked! Since July 2017 I've become a bit of a swim nomad - here are some of my favourite swims. So far (June 2018) 76 swims in 40 different water bodies from 54 locations (i.e. multiple swims in larger lakes and lochs) @brew_with_view

Julie Procter

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  1. Loch Lubnaig, The Trossachs

    A picturesque deep fresh water loch. Depending on water levels there will be a sharp drop into deeper water a few feet from the beach. This is...

  2. Loch Katrine (Stronachlachar)

    Limited access to the lochside for swimming and involves a bit of a scramble down to small beach areas to the north of Stronachlachar. Stunning...

  3. Crummock Water Beach

    A great gravel beach, gently sloping into the water and reasonably hidden from the road. There's a little used National Park car park 20 metres...

  4. Calfclose Bay

    Wide beach, stoney but easy underfoot and easy access into the water. Park other side of the road in the NT Pay & Display car...

  5. Maillarrochy Bay

    Lovely swim in Loch Lomond

  6. Bowscale Tarn

    Bowscale is a classic corrie tarn, set in a north-facing amphitheatre of crags which receive little direct sun. The water stays pretty cold at depth,...

  7. Crummock Water (Wood House Bay)

    There are lots of places where you can swim in Crummockwater. Wood House Bay is really handy because it has road-side parking and easy access....

  8. Rydal Water, Cumbria

    Having lived in the Lake District for several years, surprisingly swimming in them wasn't the easiest thing to do. Ferries, sailing boats and park wardens...

  9. Hampstead Heath Mixed Ponds, London

    The three swimming ponds on Highgate are generally for pleasure swimming in costumes only, but triathletes can now attend in wetsuits for specific sessions. All...

  10. Parliament Hill Fields Lido

    Grade II listed in January 1999 as one of the finest surviving examples of a 1930s lido left in the UK. It measures 70m x...

  11. London Oasis Swimming Pool

    Right in the centre of Covent Garden and overlooked by flats and an 11-storey office block, this chlorinated, heated pool offers an unusual swim in...

  12. Loch Vennachar, Trossachs

    We went here on holiday, stopped off for the day at a picnic spot just off the road and found just off to the side...

  13. Loch Achray

    There are several places to enter Loch Achray - one of my favs is from the small layby which provides access to a wild camping...

  14. Loch Drunkie

    Superb loch; swim in still black water among overhanging trees. Access it via the Three Lochs Forest Drive. There is a picnic spot with picnic...

  15. Kenmore Beach

    This spot is lovely, there is layby parking right on the beach side or there is a small car park just off the beach. The...

  16. Loch Voil

    There are plenty of places to get down to the water. I walk along the north side from Balqhuidder towards Monachyle. About 2 miles along,...

  17. Buttermere

    Lovely lake with an easy flat round-lake track. Perfect spots for striking out from shallow beaches. Path can be busy but the water is always...

  18. Brandelhow, Derwentwater

    This makes a change from swimming from Keswick and Kettlewell. You can take the Derwentwater Launch and get off at Brandelhow or drive down the...

  19. Bassenthwaite Lake

    The only lake in the Lake District. Whet an appetite for refreshment with a swim and then pop into the Lakes Distillery. Their aerial film...

  20. Windermere (Rayrigg Bay)

    A sheltered bay on the east side of Windermere with lovely views over to the Langdales. Beware you don't swim to fast here...there is...

  21. Kettlewell

    Parking right by the lake (pay and display). Shallow water. A bit weedy.

  22. Derwent Water

    During the summer months (May - September) the Carlisle boys and girls swim here every Friday night from 18.30. We have many abilities within our...

  23. Loweswater

    Another reedy lake. Can get blooms of green algae during the hotter months. Ok for a dip.

  24. Crummockwater (Boathouse)

    Walking in along the well-used path from Lanthwaite Wood, there's easy access to the lake from the gravelly beach beside the boathouse. This bay is...

  25. Ullswater (Glencoyne Bay)

    Park at Aira Force waterfall car park and head across the road to the steamer pier. As the path turn right you have a couple of...

  26. Grasmere

    Great lakeland swim spot, shingle beach easy access. Easly swim accross the lake or around the island and back.

  27. Coniston Boating Centre

    The Epic events swim starts from here and you can do a decent distance north. Good café and toilets. The family can row alongside in...

  28. Wastwater, NW Shore

    Large layby just after the junction of Nether Wasdale and Wasdale Head roads.

  29. Lake of Menteith

    A great shallow loch (the only scottish lake) make this a "must do" swim! There is a small car park on the east side of...

  30. Loch Arklet

    From Aberfoyle, park in wide gateway/layby before Stronachlachar junction and follow track down to the loch. There are stunning views swimming down the loch to...

  31. London Fields Lido

    The original lido was opened in 1931, closed during World War 2, renovated in the 1950s and then closed from 1988 to 2006 when it...

  32. Loch Earn (north)

    There are many small car parks along the north side of the Loch. I'd stay away from the west end of the loch as there...

  33. Loch Lomond (Inversnaid)

    From the Inversnaid Hotel, walk down to the harbour and around towards the waterfall. There are a few boulders to scramble over to get to...

  34. Minehead Bay

    Swim to the harbour or swim from post to post to post, whatever takes your fancy. The tide goes out a long way so you...

  35. Cocksburn Reservoir

    Can be accessed by walking through the fields from the Sherrifmuir road or via the road tp Drumbeck riding school. A stunning wee spot,...

  36. Linn o' Chullaich ('The Linn')

    Popular spot South of Comrie, accessed by the adjacent car park. Small stoney beach with safe graded entry to the water.

  37. Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park

    The Serpentine, a lake in the centre of London's Hyde Park, has a marked out lido area and plenty of opportunities for the swimmer. During...

  38. Hampstead Heath Ladies' Pond, London

    The Ladies' Pond on Hampstead Heath is available for year-round swimming. As the name implies, the pond is only available to female swimmers - but...

  39. St Catherines

    Nice open bit of the River Esk surrouned by trees with some deep pools. Walk down to the church and then head upstream for the...

  40. River Derwent at Isel Bridge

    From the bridge over the river near Isel church, follow the riverside path, through the meadow, to the bend in the river where there is...

  41. Ashfield pool, Allan Water

    From Ashfield, take the riverside path towards Dunblane. Cross over the footbridge to discover a lovely pool, complete with sandy beach.

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