Thursday, 21 August 2014

Lido Loving: The UK's Best Outdoor Pools and Lakes

Put your hands up if you’re looking forward to the dawn of autumn…Ahem. Whilst we love picking out our new season coat and stomping down the high street in winter boots, we’re not quite ready to wave goodbye to sunny Jim just yet.

And that’s why armed with towels, bathing suits and summertime tunes, we’re off to find the UK’s best outdoor swimming pools. Why not make the most of the last days of summer with Nica?

Feel the Heat at Beccles Lido in Suffolk

After raising over £300,000 to buy the deteriorating pool from the council, the local community have completely transformed the Beccles Lido. Situated next to the gorgeous River Waveney, the refashioned swimming pool boasts a diving board, giant inflatable playground for big kids at heart and a charming café.

We all know how hit and miss the UK weather can be but luckily the Beccles Lido is heated to ensure a toasty swim whatever the forecast.

Indulge in Open Water Paddling at Cotswold Country Park and Beach

The Cotswolds is a place full of sublime, chocolate box villages and lush greenery, but it’s also home to Keynes Country Park - a picturesque beach and lake excellently situated on the fringes of Cirencester.

With kayak and cycle hire at your disposal, you can go wild swimming in the lake, revisit your childhood at the adventure playground or dip your toes in the sand at the UK’s largest inland beach.

Swim Beside the Seaside at Tinside Lido

As far as outdoor lidos go, you’re unlikely to find a better location than Tinside. Literally on the seafront, Plymouth’s iconic lido is absolutely lovely on a sunny day and it’s completely free too.  The art deco design will transport you back to the 1920’s making it a superb setting to pose for vintage style snaps with friends.

While you’re in the area, a look around the surrounding Plymouth Hoe is a must. A focal point of the city, the spectacular backdrop of the harbour is beautiful and there are an abundance of grassy areas and sensory gardens to while away the afternoon with a picnic. Be sure to take a trip to Smeaton’s Tower – a striking fairground esque lighthouse dating back to 1759.

Share your favourite places to take a dip with us. Leave us a comment in the box below or tweet us your pool suggestions @Nica_Handbags.

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