Swimming under waterfalls, paddling in cool caves and canyons, and bathing in meandering streams. You don’t need to be a triathlon junkie to get into wild swimming – get some friends together, grab your bathers, and jump in!
Whether you’re looking for an energising full body workout or a chance to de-stress and enjoy the scenery from a duck’s eye view, we’ve found 7 of the best places to take the plunge.
Get back to nature with a low-cost microadventure at your local lake, or venture further afield to some of the world’s most beautiful wild swimming destinations.
Just remember never to swim alone and always check the tides and access rules. Oh, and no dive bombing…
1. Dancing Ledge, Dorset, England
Scramble down the craggy rocks to this tidal rock pool on the Jurassic Coast. Bit of a tight squeeze if you want to practice your back stroke, but on warm sunny days it turns into a natural hot tub with room for you and ten of your closest mates. Perfect for topping up that Vitamin D.
2. The Bantham Swoosh, Devon, England
One for the (lazy) speed demons. This annual estuary event lets you take advantage of the spring tide and get ‘swooshed’ along by the current – seriously, who wouldn’t want to swim at four times their normal speed?!
3. Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Scotland
Fall under the spell of wild swimming with a dip in Skye’s Fairy Pools, a series of magical turquoise waters under the looming gaze of the Black Cuillins. Swim from pool to pool through an underwater arch. Be warned though, you’ll need to magic up your warmest wetsuit for this one. Brrr.
4. Seljavallalaug Pool, Iceland
If icy British waters are a little too invigorating, how about a swim-cation abroad?
Iceland has to be on your wild swimming bucket list. Discover the Seljavallalaug Pool, hidden away in the Icelandic mountains and irresistibly warm after a spectacular trek through lunar-like terrain. Of course, you’ll need to stop by the infamous Blue Lagoon on your way home. Did someone say geothermal spa?
5. Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia
For those seeking a real adventure, this rock pool nestled atop the world’s largest waterfall is the endorphin fix you’ve been waiting for. Local guides will make sure you’re safe. Whew. Now that’s what we call wild swimming.
6. Cyprus Lake Grotto, Ontario, Canada
You’ll want your waterproof camera on hand for this stunning swim. This aquamarine pool hidden in a cathedral-like grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park is a favourite for adventurers and nature-lovers alike. For some truly social media worthy snaps, wait until the sun’s rays light up the underwater tunnel. #wishyouwerehere
7. Erawan Falls, Thailand
Emerald waters? Check. Stunning waterfalls? Check. Monkey-spotting potential? Check. You’ll lose hours swimming with tropical fish beneath these seven stacked waterfalls, against the backdrop of sun-dappled jungle. Bliss.
And once you’ve worked up an appetite from all that swimming, why not bring that adventurous spirit back on dry land and try some new recipes? Check out our recipes
made with Pura liquid coconut oil to get you started.