When weather caused havoc across the UK, some hardy souls embraced the cold by going for a (quick) dip.
One brave swimmer is taking a dip a day throughout December in the rivers of Surrey and Berkshire, and finding ‘the nip of the water and the zing of a swim is quite addictive’
Unused since its closure in 1974, the pool has been restored and refurbished to a quirky and glamorous degree
Henry Sauvage’s 87-year-old Piscine des Amiraux, featured in the film Amélie, has been restored to its former glory and is once again open to the public
Following a four-year, £3.5m restoration project, the riverside lido opened on Monday on the site of an Edwardian women’s baths
It may be plain old open-water swimming rather than a wild adventure but the tranquil rivers near Oundle and Olney, in the south Midlands, have plenty of pulling power
Remote Bowscale Tarn – a setting rich in myth and literary references – proves an inspiring spot for a dip in the northern lakes, even in the rain. All photographs by Vivienne Rickman-Poole