Swimming is a feature of summer wherever you are, but there's nothing quite like wild swimming – taking the plunge in the UK's most picturesque lakes
, rivers and even waterfalls, or on its most isolated stretches of coast. Take your pick: we've put together a selection of the best UK wild swimming destinations where you can enjoy a refreshing dip and an instant mood boost, and stay over for a night (or a few) in first-rate accommodation, ranging from remote cabins
and country house estates
to pubs with boutique rooms
and dog-friendly cottages
With spacious treehouses, cleverly shepherds lodges, and a vintage Airstream, this South Devon
getaway offers wild swimming aplenty, including a quartet of coves – Sugary, Compass, Forest and Mill Bay (Kingswear) – plus Strete Gate Beach, Galmpton Creek and Stoke Gabriel. Back at Dittisham, warm up in a hot tub.
An elegant three-bedroom holiday home
bang on the shores of Windermere with a private jetty, canoe and kayak hire available nearby, and as much wild swimming as your heart desires. There's everything you need for an active (or relaxed) break, making this scenic spot ideal for family or friends.
This award-winning B&B
boasts five beautifully kitted out and uber-comfortable guest rooms and its own natural swimming pond with plenty of decking for lounging. They also offer fab breakfasts
, various sharing platters for lunch and dinner, and an 'honour bar'.
These dog-friendly cottages in Snowdonia
, North Wales
sleep two to six people and boast breathtaking views. And for wild swimming? Take a dip in the river, a waterfall plunge pool, or even a mountain lake. On a clear evening, be sure to look up and check out the twinkling stars. Oh, they offer glamping
This charming seaside cottage
sleeps five and is a stone's throw from Whitstable
Beach – just perfect for a bracing swim before lunching on the famous oysters. Back at Fisherman's, the interior is whitewashed and the style is nautical and tasteful, while outside, there’s a decked courtyard with seating.
Enviably located on the shores of Windermere
, this country house hotel is home to 36 individually designed bedrooms – 29 in the main house, six lakeside hot tub suites, and the exclusive Boathouse. When it comes to wild swimming, they offer free a introduction each week. Check out sister property Lindeth Fell
You can enjoy plenty of water-based activities at this dog-friendly estate
on the Norfolk/Suffolk
border, from boating and kayaking to paddle boarding – and of course, wild swimming! Choose from boutique rooms, self-catering woodland lodges and cottages.
This collection of cottages is located in acres of rolling Cotswolds
countryside, meadows and woodland, and there's an on-site spring-fed lake that's perfect for wild swimming. Opt for Walnut or Chestnut and you'll have your very own hot tub
in a private garden.
Get ready for a top holiday at these Shropshire
holiday cottages with plenty of facilities. Choose from five lovingly converted Georgian barns sleeping between two and 12 – ideal for couples, families and get-togethers
. For wild swimming and water sports, check out nearby Alderford Lake.
This quirky and unique 18-century barn conversion in South Warwickshire
sits in acres of parkland, woodland, orchard and gardens, and comes complete with a biotop natural swimming pond. Sleeping eight, there's also a manor house and the Kitchen Garden glamping site
Perfectly positioned next to Gylly Beach with its calm waters that are ideal for wild swimming, this hotel in Cornwall
is also home to a restaurant, spa, fitness centre, tennis courts, and self-catering apartments
– plus, it's dog-friendly. Don't forget to check out the wild swim retreats on offer each year.
dog-friendly, eco-conscious cabin set in a private meadow that's next to a stream, of course! Out and about, explore the Welsh town of Cardigan
and visit the Bay to see dolphins and seals. Hand-built and off-grid, the Den is large and light, with picture windows to admire the lovely views from.
You can't get much closer to the water here in Devon – stay in a cocoon, pod
or a fabulous floating lodge and enjoy the activities on offer, including wild swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding. If you prefer to chill, there's an on-site lakeside
Enjoy cold and wild swimming from the jetty of this 47-room Lake District hotel that's dog- and family-friendly
. Boasting fabulous views, there's also an adult spa
, an outdoor hot tub and contemporary British food at the Rampsbeck Restaurant. For something different, check out their treehouse and lakeshore shepherd huts
Stay in a stylish eco-retreat
overlooking Loch Broom in the Scottish Highlands
and get inside tips on where to head for the very best river, loch and sea wild swimming spots. Choose from two-person Red Squirrel or Pine Marten, sleeping up to four – both are modern and light-laden.
Looking for tasty food
and a contemporary yet homely place to lay your head for the night? Then check out this 10-room Norfolk
gastropub in the southern reaches of the Broads
– also in a top location for boating, walking
, plus wild swimming at Three Rivers Pitch & Paddle.
There are many opportunities for riding, cycling
and wild swimming at these eco-friendly, off-grid Highlands hideways. Providing the perfect getaway, each comfortable cabin sleeps four. Also take a look at Cairngorm Lodges
, their sister site. Either way, get ready to lose yourself in nature and wildlife.
Say hello to an extremely comfy eco-friendly cabin with huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Situated on a Scottish estate
just five minutes from the Moray Coast, there are plenty of wild swimming spots to enjoy. The bedroom has a king-size bed, while outside, there's a private garden to admire the glorious starry night skies
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