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Are you dreaming of floating in cool water under a summer sky? We're expecting another heatwave and one of the best ways of cooling down in extreme hot weather is to go wild swimming in a river.
With long haul travel impossible, the Mediterranean difficult and even Cornwall full up, why not dip your toes in waters nearer home? Our stunning Peak District has quite a few wild swimming sites.
They call it wild swimming now, but natural swimming is a better term. There’s just you and the water. People told me about the great memories they had of childhood days splashing around outdoors which inspired me to give it a go. So far, my favourite natural swims have been here in the Peak District.
In summer dry spells, like we are now having, you are looking for a place deep enough to swim properly. If in a river you want only a gentle current. There's nothing better than a peaceful place with few other people, although you may share your swim with the occasional duck. You can float with the current or swim gently upstream under a summer leafy canopy.
The sense of adventure and natural peace are beguiling, but do keep your safety brain in gear. Make sure someone on the bank is watching you and don’t go in after heavy rain – the river could be fast flowing or might have received recent sewer overflow. Make sure you plan where you are going to get in and out of the river. If you aren’t used to natural swimming, check out this water safety and other tips for beginners guide.
You might fancy a quick paddle in the shallows or perhaps full immersion in deeper waters, the choice is yours! If wild swimming is not for you why not simply stroll along the river bank, admire the superb scenery and watch the wildlife? There's something restful and relaxing about being by water, whether it's a gently flowing river or a still pool.
I haven't yet tried Mermaid's pool near Leek, a small moor-top pool steeped in legend with stunning views of The Roaches. Have you ever been? Can you recommend any more wild swimming places in the Peak District? If so we'd love to know.
If unsure about taking the plunge to go wild swimming you could always try Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool where you still swim outdoors but the water is heated!
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