With the UK in the midst of a heatwave and the school holidays approaching, our lido expert, whose forthcoming book covers over 100 outdoor pools, picks 10 that are near or on the way to popular holiday hotspots
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