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Fancy a dip? 5 places to swim wild in Wilts

We might be at least 60 miles from the sea, but that doesn't mean us Wiltshire folk can't get an H20 hit in a heatwave. Slather yourself in Vaseline and jump in now!

Glove Dippers at the Glove Factory, Holt

If you’re a wild water baby, enjoy the thrill of swimming in a private lake when you join this group of experienced open-water swimmers, triathalon atheletes and sports enthusiasts in Holt. Once you become a member you can swim all year round, under the watchful gaze of kingfishers, ducks and sheep, then pop along to the nearby Wild Herb at the Field Kitchen for a chill-busting coffee.

Farleigh & District Swimming Club, Farleigh Hungerford, BA2 7RS

Thought to be the oldest established outdoor swimming club in the country, this peaceful field alongside the River Frome near Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge is open from May to September. Ideal for a lazy afternoon sunbathing interspersed with refreshing dips, you have to be a member to swim there, but it’s easy to join – look online or amble up the Stowford Manor Farm shop next door – where you can stop for a post-crawl cream tea too.

Warleigh Weir, Claverton

Pic credit: Andy Powell

This very popular splash spot is a 100m long weir just over the Wilts/Somerset border in the Avon valley, visible from the Bath train. Once a wild swimmers’ secret, it now gets really busy with all sorts of people, so the only kind of chill you’re likely to get is literal. However, it’s well-loved for a reason – the mix of shallow and long deep streches and pretty, natural location; you can’t drive or park there – access it by bicycle along canal path from Bathampton or Dundas.

River Avon at Lacock , SN15 2LG

Bide Brook Weir is a popular swimming spot in Lacock, but there’s another spot there too. Directly east of the famous National Trust-owned Abbey, there’s a two metre deep pool just upstream of some rapids. A few rope swings hang from a tree on the east bank, plus there’s a small cliff to jump in from too. Downstream, there’s a small beach, though if the cows are in the field, this part is best to moo-ve on from fast!

Teffont Evias, River Nadder

Go full on Wind in the Willows when you go searching for this secret pool, hidden under hatches down narrow lanes – it’s a bit of a mission to find it. But it’s so worth it when you do, because the water is clear and it’s often quiet – except if someone is fishing, in which case, wait until they’re done before you dip.

But if you prefer sunloungers to scrabbling down a grassy bank, try Tisbury Swimming Pool, Tisbury, SP3 6HJ

If you prefer your water warm to Wim Hof-cold, check out Tisbury’s heated open-air public pool. See their Facebook page for up-to-date details and special sessions like Sunrise Swims or Aqua aerobics.

Stay safe in the water. For up-to-date tips and advice on wild swimming in Wiltshire follow WIltshire Wild Swim on Instagram.

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