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the 50 best swimming pools
The editor is Juliet Kinsman. in-
Chief of The Smiths (mrandmrssmith. com)
Kate McKnight is the director of ASA facilities development (swimming. org)
Daniel Start is the author of several books on wild swimming.
His latest work is wild swimming in France. wildswimming. co. uk)
Tim Taylor is an artist whose projects include swimming in 14 swimming pools in Edinburgh on Midsummer Day (timgtaylor. com)
Daniel recommends three freshwater ponds located in Hampstead Heath, also known as the high Gate Pond.
\"Originally built to collect springs that are delivered to the city through a series of hollow elm pipes,\" today they see the service as a mixed, Lady\'s and man\'s pond.
The lady here is the most beautiful and hidden.
\"The outdoor pool in Cliveden is very special,\" said Juliet, London\'s Hampstead Heath N6Cliveden House . \".
\"Not only because you are hidden in the glorious rolling National Trust landscape, but also because you will splash water at the place where John Profumo first sees Christine Keeler.
If you book a Spring Cottage on the grounds of this solemn family and hotel for sale as a secluded luxury suite, you can also swim on the Thames.
Pule, Berkshire SL6 0JF (01628 668561; clivedenhouse. co. uk)
Kate described the London Aquatic Center as \"the stunning 2012 Olympic venue, designed by Zaha Hadid, inspired by the fluid geometry of the water in motion\"
The pool facilities have \"rolling roofs that pass through the ground like waves \". The catch?
It did not open swimming to the public until 2014.
E20 2ST Olympic Park, London (ind. pn/L5DZF7)
Limington Beach says it is \"an ideal place to stay away from the noisy party effect\", a \"huge\" outdoor pool overlooking Solent, built in 1833 and the oldest Lido in the UK.
S41 3RU Bath Road, Limington, Hampshire (01590 678882;
Lymingtonseawaterbaths. org. uk)
Dan said that SerpentineIt may be a predictable option, but this swimming area, part of the snake-like lake in Hyde Park, plays the host of \"a unique and wonderful swimming community, it is very different from any other swimming place in the capital.
Public swimming is available from September, or you can join the snake swimming club (
Serpentinesmere club. com)
Use it all year round.
Hyde Park, London (0207 706 3422)
The anchor of the Daniel House river, winding through the Sussex River, is one of the most beautiful places in the southeast.
\"Have a picnic at Barcombe Mills, on the open grass, or go up the river Anchor Hotel,\" he suggested . \".
In the latter case, \"you can rent a blue paddle boat to row or swim more than two miles in a remote rural area \".
Anchor Lane, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EA (01273 400414;
Anchoinandboating. co. uk)
\"I\'m not interested in gentlemen\'s club, but it\'s a great hidden pool in London,\" admits Tim \".
Only open to members, \"marble lining, Greek style, since reading\" extraordinary haunts of black masseuse, I have always dreamed of swimming here-the hero swimmer of Charles Swanson \".
London SW1Y 5HS (020 7930 2345;
Royal car. co. uk)
The rooftop pool at Shoreditch hotel is open to members and guests who book their hotel rooms.
Juliet suggested \"visit\"and-be-
Experience you \'ve seen-although when you may be surrounded by models and movie directors, you need to be fairly confident about swimwear.
E1 6AW, Ebor Street, Shoreditch, London (020 7739 5040;
In the pool of five people.
Juliette says the Star Hotel in Ascot is \"quite special \". How so?
This is a purple crystal and underwater music.
\"At 18 metres, the pool is also very long.
The nearby Spa offers a variety of organic beauty treatments.
Sl57se, Berkshire, Ascot Blacknest Road (01344 876600; coworthpark. com)
With views of Hyde Park, outdoor and rooftop pool, this luxury Knightsbridge hotel has always been a famous swimming place in the capital.
This summer, however, it will become busier, with synchronized swimming classes every week in July and August. The 90-
The minute course costs £ 125 per person, however, if you are not a fan of noseclips and flower swimming caps, non-
Guests can pay £ 45 and a half
Day fitness club membership including access to the pool.
SW1X 7RL, Wilton Square, London (020 7201 1699; the-berkeley. co. uk)
The South West Bristol LidoThis outdoor pool was opened in 1850, but was transformed into a smart modern facility with a restaurant in 2008.
Recommended by Juliet, although too busy for the swim lane, it is a great place to relax with several imaginative packages;
One of the most popular is the £ 25 deal, where you can swim, use the steam room and sauna and the luxurious double bathroom
Breakfast, of course.
BS8 2BJ Oakfield square, Clifton (0117 933 9530; lidobristol. com)
Hot spring baths
\"Two different minerals flow into these natural hot springs,\" said Dan.
Used by the Celtics, Romans, Saxons and Georgians, who have now become 21 th century
\"It\'s indulgent, gorgeous, and has spectacular views (
Pool from roof top)
\"So arrive early or expect to be long queues during the tourist season,\" he added . \".
Hetling Pump Room, BA1 1SJ Bastian Hot Spring Street (01225 331234; thermaebathspa. com)
\"The Stauer river in Dorset is one of the best rural rivers in England,\" Daniel said . \".
\"At Pamphill, it opens up a wonderful, wide winding road with a deep Ford and a bridge.
Floating in the sun for miles
The white water tickles your toes.
\"To get there, follow the road upstream of the small parking lot outside Pamphill village west of Winborn Minster (
Grid reference: ST 996001)
\"This chic eco-hotel has an indoor pool but it is a natural outdoor pool and it is very special,\" said Juliette . \".
It sits on the top of the cliff, overlooking the beach of mogenboth, filtered with Reed instead of pumping with chlorine.
Tredragon Road, TR8 4DQ Cornwall Mawgan Porth (01637 861800; scarlethotel. co. uk)
New bridge, if you\'re behind the river pool, Sand Bay, Oak Canyon and towering carrier in Dartmoor, aim for darts, Daniel said.
This is one of the most beautiful wildlife.
\"Swimming River\" in Britain \".
Take a dip around the new bridge, a medieval bridge, as \"dense woodland rolls on one side of the Moor \".
Between Ashburton and Poundsgate in Devon, this is a continuation of this second-grade Kate\'s favorite b3 357tinside LidoA --
Listed Art Deco salt water lido boasts stunning views of the entire Plymouth Bay.
\"It\'s a very pleasant day to spend here, fountains, inflatable fun meetings, sunbathing terraces, and even a diving suit rental for those who may be more sensitive to natural water temperatures,\" she said.
It\'s open all summer.
Hornet pool Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3DE (01752 261915; everyoneactive. com)
Chagford PoolA local agency, this freshwater lido is dug by locals in their 1930 s, fed by a stream diverted from Dart.
After its renovation in 2000, it now has solar covers that help maintain decent temperatures throughout the summer, sometimes up to 25 degrees Celsius.
Rushford, Chagford German TQ13 8DA (01647 432929; chagfordpool. co. uk)
If you want to swim in original art --
Decorate the environment in style and you will usually see lidos.
Mount bath, however, is an exception to the rule.
Built in 1931, it is located on the old site of a former prison. Its huge pillars and tiled Turkish hot room provide you with a very atmospheric environment.
NN1 3DN mount on Northampton (northampton. gov. uk/mountsbaths)
King Lear\'s LakeRutland Beach is an ongoing project that will allow swimmers to enter the spectacular reservoir, Dan said.
Unfortunately, the recent drought has delayed its opening to 2013.
Prior to that, he suggested swimming by the lake, one of several lakes in the nearby Watermead Country Park.
\"A lovely place popular with anglers and windsurfing enthusiasts, and there are plenty of wildlife to enjoy \".
Watermead Country Park, LE7 1PD, Leicester, near Syston (0116 305 5000)
Japan Olympic swimming team \"Brazil Erden Sports Village\"
\"London 2012 is trained in this wonderful new facility with a 50-meter pool,\" Kate said . \".
\"It opened in 2011 and is expected to be the best sports and leisure facility in East England,\" and has not lived up to expectations.
SS14 3GR Farm Road, Basil, Essex (01268 722450; everyoneactive. com)
Daniel said that the Grange Meadows \"drink tea in the grand Chester and enjoy a river that has not changed much since the Edwardian era . \".
\"Rupert Brooke, Virginia woolffey and others gathered here to camp, have a picnic and swim naked.
Anywhere along the grass is suitable for swimming, especially outside the bend where the river deepens.
Put down your picnic blanket, pour the cream on the Strawberry and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the past.
\"Orchard Tea Garden, 45-
CB3 9ND No. 47, grand Chestermere Road, cam County (01223 551125; orchard-grantchester. com)
The Loughborough Swimming pool selected by the British Olympic Association is the official preparation camp headquarters of the GB team before 2012 in London. \"during swimming here, it is very likely to meet swimming stars such as Liam tencock, Kate said: \"Joe Jackson or Fran Halsall.
Epinal Road, Admission Notice, LE11 3TT, Loughborough University (01509 226200; ind. pn/Jj8rei)
The Cowley Manor hotel has an unforgettable pool-a chic, angled outdoor puddle in this case.
\"Part of Hotel C-
\"If you book a treatment plan, you can hang out there,\" Juliet said . \".
The Cotswolds hotel is the closest to the Schrager hotel experience and 5 away.
The area by the pool is 30 p. m. and the bar and waiters are available.
GL53 9NL Cowley, Gloucester County (01242 870900; cowleymanor. com)
Bathurley Mosley Road hotel
Opened in April after repair, the country\'s oldest secondary listed swimming pool (
They started in 1907)
As popular as construction tourists as local swimmers.
A bigger fix is in progress, so start now before the next round of construction starts.
Moseli Road, barsalth Heath, Birmingham, B12 9BX (0121 464 0150;
Moseleyroadbaths. co. uk)
Southend leisure center with 25-meter race pool and world
According to Kate, this is one of the best swimming pools in Europe.
After your walk to the town\'s waterfront, buy an ice cream from Rossi and have a second time in the sea if you want.
East Avenue, south end of the Sea, Essex, SS2 4FA (01702 613000; leisurecentre. com)
The Jesus Green Pool \"opened in 1923, one of the few remaining swimming pools in the country in the 1920 s, and it retains traditions such as the basket storage of clothes, Kate said.
\"Open to the public for a bath from September, one of the longest outdoor swimming pools in Europe, 91 metres long . \".
Cambridge Chesterton Road near CB4 3BD 01223 302579; ind. pn/JiyhWp)
East Midlands International pool by Colby\"
The pool provides activities for people of all ages and abilities, \"Kate said.
There is a pool of 50 m, a pool of 20 m learners and a fun pool, and swimming, water polo and diving are all possible, she added.
Parkland Gateway, George Street, Northwest Colby (01536 464643; corby. gov. uk/corbypool)
Kate described the North Manchester Aquatic Center as \"one of the largest and best swimming facilities in the country,\" the pool was built for 2002 Commonwealth Games, but \"is now widely used by local communities \".
M13 9SS 2 Booth Street, Adwick East, Manchester (0161 275 9450; ind. pn/KgR9je)
\"Esk is a delightful mountain stream that rolls down from the highest mountain in the UK-Scarborough pike,\" said Daniel . \".
He added that the tongue pot was the most beautiful along many of its swimming pools.
\"Just below the Parker Horse Bridge in Lingwan, in a rock crack about an hour walk from the road, a long emerald pool forms under a waterfall at the intersection of two rivers.
There is a white pebble beach shelf on one side with an oak tree hanging on it.
\"From the parking lot at the foot of the hadnorte pass along the river path through the Brotherilkild Farm, two miles down the valley until you reach what Dan calls\" idyllic Lake Cheshire country \", enter the waters through a small beach area.
\"This is shared with anglers, so to avoid damage, swimmers are asked to stick to the center area.
There is a very welcoming bar next to Hatchmere, perfect for a dip in the evening and then a warm drink \".
Operator\'s Inn, Hatchmere, deramil Road, Cheshire WA6 6NL (01928 787877; thecarriersinn. com)
Upstream of FlatrocksHike, along the stream running through the village of Hetonle-
Hole, you will come to the swimming pool, smooth rock slides and small and secluded picnic area, in the bank sheltered by bracken.
\"These salty brown waters are the summer countryside of childhood for me,\" said Tim . \".
About 30 minutes walk north of Heatonle-
\"On the edge of chevios, the legendary Linhope Spout is a high-altitude shoot that falls into a perfect circular swimming pool known for its unfathomable depth,\" said Daniel . \". \"There\'s a six-
You can jump off the foot ledge, though it\'s the boldest climb ever.
Complete thorough reconnaissance beforehand, including water depth and obstacles, then empty your mind and go out.
Daniel suggested following these three steps.
A mile walk from hartsside: Northumberland-walks. co. uk/linhope-
SpoutRyedale PoolTim learned to swim in this \"inconspicuous\" 25-meter pool and \"find gold with my brother and immerse yourself in the happy memories of deep water \".
It has fun sessions in the swimming pool, water aerobics, healing swimming and baby and frontschool lessons.
YO18 8DJ Pickering Mill Lane North Yorkshire (01751 473351;
Community Leisure. org)
Amazing Moon rice recommended by Siem HallJuliet, ozone
This hotel and spa offers a clean pool 」.
It has a sculpture in the center, there is a place on the steps where you want to turn, it is not designed for the circlelovers.
For fast pre-or post-
However, there is plenty of room for massage.
Lord Byron trail, Durham, West Ham, SR7 7AG (01915 161400; seaham-hall. co. uk)
\"The Marina River is one of the most popular swimming rivers in Britain,\" said Daniel . \"
For good places to swim along its length, he recommends \"Gladstone, Burns all, and aptrwick-delightful little village known for its meadows and wonderful river pools\"
The rich can easily re-operate from the Skipton in the swimming pool of the southern Harrogate and eastScotlandRoyal Commonwealth, Peng \"£ 36 m after renovation, this pool is the 1970 s modernist gem, said Tim.
\"Apart from the clutter accumulated over the years, you can see the unique outline of Arthur\'s Seat again from the water \".
Kate also recommended.
EH16 5BB, Dakis Road, Edinburgh (0131 667 7211; thecommiepool. co. uk)
Easdale IslandDan summed up the car.
Liberty Island, 15 miles south of Auburn, is amazing.
It was mined so deep that \"the Ocean finally collapsed on the walls of the quarry, forming a very deep, very clear pool.
Some are shallow, warm, while others are steep drops of water, which is great for the cliffs --jumping.
\"Look forward to\" breath
Swim in a remote corner of Scotland \".
To get there, a passenger ferry from the mainland\'s village of Ellenabeich (ind. pn/JR8h0S)
Tim said the Portobello swimming center, located on the waterfront of the Scottish capital Portobello, is \"one of Edinburgh\'s largest Victorian swimming pools \".
\"Edinburgh has more of this still in use than any other city, and the city also has Turkish baths and swimming pools \".
57 Edinburgh promenade, EH15 2BS (0131 669 6888; ind. pn/J5daSy)
Stone haven PoolAberdeenshire probably not everyone is top notch
Choose where to go for water sports, but the small town of Shigang waterfront is home to one of the country\'s most unique swimming pools-a heated, open --air, Olympic-
Size, salt water, artdeco treasure.
Open every day from September, and on a Wednesday of July, you can try \"swimming at Midnight \"(
Actually from ten o\'clock P. M. to midnight).
Queen Elizabeth Park, Stonehaven, Aberdenshire, AB39 2 (01569 762134;
Stonehavenopenairpool. co. uk)
Tim said: \"Kirkcudbright pool\" is very eye-catching because it was built by the local community and also operated by the local community, I remember swimming in this pool at quiet Noon and
\"This is a welcome place, managed by volunteers, and you can think of the merits of the local lad --
John Paul Jones, when you swim, \"he added.
Castledykes Road, colkubury, Dumfries and Galloway, DG6 4AW (01557 331881;
Kirkcudbrighton pool. co. uk)
Daniel described Lake cruisque as \"a remote freshwater lake on Skye, whose Muddy Waters reflect Kolin\", which can only be taken by boat from El göller or throughmile walk.
\"One of Scotland\'s biggest swimming events, but be careful with mid fish . \"
Go there by boat and see Bella Jane. co.
The ukBowmore swimming pool \"opened in 1990 after extensive fundraising, and the water from Islay\'s only swimming pool was heated by a neighboring winery and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean,\" Tim said . \".
\"Visit the winery and dram, but it\'s best after your 40 s.
\"PA43 7JS, Islay, Bowmore, Mactaggart Leisure center, school Street (01496 810767;
Mactaggartleisurecentre. co. uk)
\"Llyn Glaslyn is the highest lake on Snowden,\" Dan said . \".
\"The shocking cold, it nestled on the legs of a cathedral in nature, and the majestic top of the Snowdon towering above the Lake \".
\"For all the right reasons,\" he promised, it would be unforgettable to swim here.
To get there, walk down the track of popular miners from the Pen-parking lot to Snowdeny-
By the way, you\'ll go through this \"wonderful, modern, 50-meter freshwater pool,\" and Tim says, \"there\'s a separate area, there are plenty of slides and \"rivers\" for home entertainment. \".
\"The Welsh Olympians eeuan Lloyd and David Davis have trained here,\" Kate added . \".
CF11 0JS Olympic Avenue, Grangetown, Cardiff (029 2072 9090; leisurecentre. com)
Green fish PondGoggle-
Northern Ireland wearers look to Aurora, the town of Bangor, a new 50-meter swimming pool that will open on 2013.
Prior to that, this natural sea water pool in Portstewart was a great place to swim, if not Long Lane.
When the sun shines, the water is even a little warmer than the sea.
Portstewart, Co. , Kinora Terrace
\"Delhi, London, the waterfall forest in Northern Ireland, the\" waterfall Forest \"at the briken lighthouse,\" is full of natural swimming pools and the sound of falling water, \"said Daniel . \".
\"Sgwd Gwladys, The Lady of the falls, occupies a huge amphitheater with black gritstone on its lips.
Moss and ferns grow in large quantities in this foggy micro-climate, which many say is the most beautiful waterfall in Wales \".
The woods are located in the triangle between Hirwaun, Ystradfellte and the village of Pontneddfechan (brecon-beacons. com/ waterfall-country. htm)
Lake Llyn MaelogThis has a special status officially registered as rural green to protect it from development and to protect the use of local communities.
Dan recommended it as \"beautiful swimming, legally unique swimming\", although it is \"perfect for getting in and out and sharing with anglers \".
Llyn Maelog is right outside the village of Rhosneigr, located in the sea water pool of AngleseyThe Rock PoolA, which was opened and managed by the local leisure center during July and August, according to Dan, newcastle\'s rock pool is \"perfect for a unique swim \".
Is there any more reason to jump in?
\"These pools are not much in the UK,\" he said . \".
Newcastle leisure center, 10-
14 central promenade, Newcastle, lower county, BT33 0AA (028 4372 5034; therockpool. co. uk)
With the support of Swansea University Sports Center, the pool offers \"the best facilities, services and expertise\", Kate said.
It may be popular among the locals, but it also \"consolidates high-performance swimming;
It used to be the training ground for Welsh Olympians Georgia Davis and Gemma Lao.
Sketty Lane, Swansea, SA2 8QG (01792 513513;
Swansea Stadium. co. uk)
After hiking through the magnificent moon mountains in the summer, this small lake is surrounded by mountains and is perfect for cooling down.
You can even see the sea below.
Picnic after you swim and trek back the way you come.
Five to go there-
A mile walk from Carrick\'s small parking lot, analong, Co. Down (ind. pn/JWY0QB)Best for. . .
A romantic di cliff den Villa, the first time John Profumo has seen the outdoor pool of Kristin Keeler, hidden on the glorious National Trust stage. . .
This beautiful pool is flowing down by the Scafell Pike of the Lake District.
It is formed under the waterfall and has a white cobblestone beach that suits best. . .
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