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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.

In my first year of wildswimming: 102 swims in 48 different waters:

15 lochs | 12 lakes | 8 rivers | 5 sea/beaches | 4 lidos | 2 llyns | 2 ponds

Swimming outside at least once every week throughout the year - in the Lake District, Trossachs, London, Snowdonia, Llyn peninsula and Devon

(I've sneaked in a couple of swims from the first week of my second year of wildswimming to bring the total number of 'waters' swum to 50)

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Julie Procter

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Swims in this collection

  1. 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...

  2. Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia

    A Very large lake with clear clean water. It is deep water but very peaceful. Also nice at night to look up at the stars...

  3. 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...

  4. Llyn Gwynant, Snowdonia

    I have had many holidays in Wales where I have greatly enjoyed swimming outdoors. My favourite place, apart from the sea, is Llyn Gwynant in...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. Grasmere

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

  11. Kettlewell

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

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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,...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  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. 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,...

  24. 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,...

  25. 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.

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. Wastwater, NW Shore

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

  29. 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...

  30. Maillarrochy Bay

    Lovely swim in Loch Lomond

  31. Loweswater

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

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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....

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

  39. 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...

  40. 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...

  41. 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...

  42. 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...

  43. 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.

  44. Miner’s Bridge, River Llugwy

    Fun gorge with steeply sloping bridge and pools. The best pool and waterfall is 100m upstream with some good jumps; some easy riverside scrambling required. Heading...

  45. Black Sands, Aberdour

    Aberdour is blessed with two lovely beaches for swimming. Black Sands is at the end of Shore Road on the way to the harbour, with...

  46. Double Mills, Cockermouth

    This is Cockermouth's traditional swimming spot where generations have children and families have swum and jumped into the river pool. Follow the riverside path...

  47. Cockermouth Castle, River Derwent

    The Derwent is mostly too shallow or stony as it flows through Cockermouth, but below the Castle in Memorial Park, there is a lovely stretch...

  48. Porth Nefyn

    A beautiful wide sandy bay. Limited parking at the end of the road down to the bay from Nefyn. The beach slopes very gently down,...

  49. Porth Iago

    Lovely little swimming cove

  50. Gurnal Dubs

    Lovely tarn with a small slate built boathouse at the western end. Access from a public footpaths, either directly from the layby at High...

  51. Crummockwater (Sandy Yatts)

    There are so many places to swim in Crummockwater but this wide sandy beach with views down the length of the lake has to be...

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