The heatwave has had everyone in a fluster – and whilst it looks as if the worst may have now passed us by…there’s always time for a cool-down when the sun shines brightly. So without a breezy beach on your doorstep, where do you go if you want to go for a lovely outdoor swim? You can choose from maintained swimming pools with a little luxury or wild swimming in the cool running waters of our rivers and lakes. Here’s a guide to six around Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
With a heated children’s pool and a deeper heated main pool for more serious swimmers, a summers’ day at Wycombe Rye Lido is the dream. The historical Lido has been fully refurbished and boasts grass and terraced sunbathing areas.
Marlow Open Water Swim operates the Open Water Swimming and SUP Boarding at Westhorpe Lake. This beautiful Lake is located in the heart of the Thames Valley and easily accessible from the whole of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. If you want to take up open water swimming or your first triathlon, just have some fun in nature or just want a safe and professionally run lake to train from, then Marlow Open Water Swim is the place to be.
If you’re not too far from Oxford, then why not take a drive to your local lido? In Hinksey in central Oxford there’s a perfect little spot for swimming. The pool itself is huge and has a separate area for adults as well as a gentle shelf into deeper water for kids. Plus, if you’d like to lie on the grass theres a big area just for you where you can keep on eye on the children whilst sucking on an ice-lolly from the cafe!
Based in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, this picturesque venue is boasts an 850 metre swim circuit! ,Also used by the British Junior Elite Triathlon Team, as well as nine-time British Elite Champion, it’s certainly not ‘roughing it’ as it also has toilet facilities, hot showers, a club house, a triathlon shop and wet suit hire! It is currently open to swimmers on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6.30- 7.30, Saturdays 8-10am and Sundays 9-11am.
This little club includes waterskiing and swimming. It operates from a secluded and privately owned woodland site, on a sheltered 20-acre lake. The comfortable Scandinavian log clubhouse enjoys a magnificent setting centrally located to overlook the lake, with large frontal sun-deck.
If the heat of the day get’s too much, why not wait until later? Visit Chesham’s Heated Open Air Pool. Open until 9pm there is plenty of time for you to take time to have swim. Children can take part in the inflatable fun sessions, learn how to swim, or even stay out of the pool completely and join some of Chesham’s other activities.