Swim: Cumbria has more than 80 lakes, meres, waters and tarns, making it the perfect place to enjoy a spot of wild swimming. The Lake District tends to be busy in summer but it is still possible to escape the crowds if you’re willing to explore.Even popular Ullswater, widely regarded as the most beautiful lake in England, has its share of secluded bays and beaches from which to enjoy a dip. Or hire a boat, fish for trout, dive, sail, canoe, catch the steamer or simply skim a pebble.
Soarmill, South Devon At high tide swim around the little island, and at low tide explore the many caves along the cliff bottom. Afterwards head up to the nearby Iron Age hillfort at Bolt Tail for spectacular sunsets and the chance to spot dolphins and porpoises.
Wild swimming in the UK: 10 top spots The secluded beauty of wild swimming in the UK makes for the perfect alfresco dip – and youre never too far away from great campsites, castles, gardens, pubs and restaurants either