Summer 2018: Where are the best outdoor swimming pools in the the UK?
Open air swimming pools can be just the ticket for family fun at the weekend or even for a spot of after-work relaxation.
From restored Victorian pools to the longest lido in the UK – these are the top ten al fresco pools in the UK.
Pells Pool, Lewes, East Sussex
This unheated spring-fed pool is the oldest documented freshwater lido in the country. It’s 46 metres long and 23 metres wide and comes complete with an exercise lane and children’s paddling pool.
Floats and recreational equipment are on offer, or you can relax on the tree-lined lawn and sun terrace.
Bude Sea Pool, Bude, Cornwall
This pool is considered the number one visitor attraction in Bude, welcoming 50,000 visitors every year. It’s a semi-natural amenity which was built under the curves of the cliffs in the 1930s.
Summer 2018: 10 of the UK’s best outdoor swimming pools
Shap Swimming Pool, Shap, Cumbria
Fully enclosed, this pool is 27m above sea level, making it England’s highest lido. It’s a fairly small pool at 16.5m long but is available for private hire and pool parties.
Saltdean Lido, Brighton
This modernist pool has recently been reopened following a campaign by local residents to save it. The pool is 40m long and has a kids’ paddling pool and splash area.
There are also landscaped lawns for sunbathing and on-site catering options with pop-up facilities.
Price: £4 for an early-morning session or £12 for an all-day swim.
Chagford Swimming Pool, Devon
On the banks of the River Teign, Chagford Swimming Pool is heated and river-fed – the water is treated and filtered with a minimal amount of chlorine to keep it healthy and safe. Solar covers are rolled out each evening to preserve the water temperature of 24 degrees celsius.
Visitors can bring their own picnic as there is a grass area for sunbathing plus chairs and tables with parasols.
Summer 2018: Open air swimming pools can be just the ticket for fun at the weekend
Summer 2018: Open-air swimming is internationally famous on Hampstead Heath
Jesus Green Outdoor Pool, Cambridge
The largest pool in Cambridge and one of the longest lidos in the UK, Jesus Green Outdoor Pool is a whopping 91m long. It ranges from from 1.2 to 2.5m in depth.
The pool is surrounded by trees and isn’t overlooked, plus there’s plenty of space to sunbathe.
Bristol Lido, Clifton, Bristol
Bristol Lido is a restored Victorian swimming pool first opened in 1850. The lido underwent a huge restoration in 2008 and today there is a sauna, steam room and hot tub on site.
Visitors can buy packages for a swim session and meal – they serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tapas and dinner.
Hampstead Ponds, London
Open-air swimming is internationally famous on Hampstead Heath. The Ladies’ and Men’s Ponds are the UK’s only lifeguarded open water swimming facilities open to the public every day of the year. There is also a mixed-sex pond.
Summer 2018: Bath Thermae Spa offers an open-air rooftop pool with views across the city
Bath Thermae Spa, Bath
As well as three other natural thermal baths, the spa offers an open-air rooftop pool where bathers can enjoy views across Bath’s skyline.
The baths are fed by naturally warn and mineral-rich waters. In addition there are four steam rooms infused with aromatherapy oils, 20 treatment rooms and a restaurant.
Visitors can choose from two hour, four hour and full day spa sessions.
Stonehaven Open Air Pool, Aberdeen
This Olympic sized, 50m-long pool first opened in the 1930’s. It’s heated at 29 degrees celsius and also offers midnight swims accompanied by disco music.