"To be embraced and sustained by the light green water was less a pleasure, it seemed, than the resumption of a natural condition". John Cheever
Outdoor swimming has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. In the UK, urbanites are flocking back to lidos – a halfway house between indoor swimming pools and the great outdoors. There’s now an Outdoor Swimming Society, whose founder has recently published a book that lists many of the best places to swim outdoors in the UK.
You can even go on a dedicated swimming holiday with professionals. Swimtrek organizes swimming Holidays in the Scottish Inner Hebrides as well as overseas, including Croatia, Greece, Finland, the Egyptian Red Sea, and Turkey.
For a taste of their holidays, try a weekend “short escape” in the Norfolk Broads where you’ll swim the River Bure among the beautiful Norfolk countryside.
In each destination you’ll swim several kilometres a day across lakes, rivers and sea under the eye of an experienced guide.
Below we feature a great selection of their holidays, all of which can be reached by train and/or ferry from the UK.