Bristol wild swimming spots feature in Superdry's 'Unknown Waters' guide – Bristol Live

The guide features seaside swims, locations with idyllic waterfalls and fairy pools and city swims – like those here in Bristol and a bit of a drive further out
A number of Bristol and other West Country wild swimming spots have been featured in a new swimming guide from Superdry, titled 'Unknown Waters'. The list encourages people to "get out and explore the UK's open waters" and includes an array of recommendations from wild swimming experts.
The guide rounds up the best places for a natural dip in the water – from seas, lakes, oceans and rivers – in top UK cities, for those looking to venture out for swims more regularly. It comes as more and more people take up the challenge of wild swimming since the pandemic.
The guide features seaside swims, locations with idyllic waterfalls and fairy pools and city swims – like those here in Bristol and nearby. Here's a guide to those local swimming spots the guide urges you to try…
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Before you read on – and venture to one of the wild swimming spots featured in the new Superdry guide, it is important to be aware of the risks of wild swimming and how to stay safe during your swim. The RNLI has plenty of information around wild swimming safety on its website here and says: "Going for a swim in cold, open water can be exhilarating, but it’s not without risk.
"So if it’s your first time open water swimming or cold water dipping, it’s important to speak to a health care professional to discuss the risks of cold water immersion before you go. Always arrange to go with a buddy. Open water swimming is much more fun with someone else, and you can look out for each other.
"It’s also good to tell someone on shore where you are going and when you will be back. They’ll be able to call for help if you are overdue back."
You can visit the website for more in depth information and download an open water swimming safety leaflet to keep with you here. Some of the RNLI's key bits of advice include:
The guide describes Warleigh Weir as being a "beautiful spot, just 45 minutes outside of Bristol, which takes a little extra effort to get to but is well worth the drive". The weir sits on the River Avon in Somerset and was originally built to supply a head of water to a grist mill at Claverton.
It attracts many a visitor during the summer months and has been described by previous visitors as being a 'good place for a rest while walking the Kennet & Avon canal path'.
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The guide describes how Henleaze Swimming Club is 'a members-only swimming site, however all members can take a maximum of two guests with them for no extra cost, meaning a group of you can go for a real bargain'.
Since 1919 Henleaze Swimming Club in North Bristol has offered open water swimming, springboard or high diving in beautiful surroundings. Situated in the heart of the Bristol suburb of Henleaze, only a mile from the Downs and three miles from the city centre, this former quarry is surrounded by lawns and trees, making for an idyllic and peaceful place for a wild swim.
The lake is about four hundred metres long and between thirty and sixty metres wide. The swimming area varies throughout the year – from 70m in the winter to 220m in high summer.
Clevedon is a sea water lake described as being 'a few degrees colder than usual open water spots', making it the perfect place for an ice-cold dip to start your week. According to its official website, the lake is a 'tidal infinity pool filled with sea water' that is powered by volunteers and open almost every day of the year 24/7, with no need to book. You can simply donate an entry fee and plan your visit by looking at the calendar and tide times – all found here – before you arrive.
Further out, this spot is found in the quaint Somerset town of Lydford, near Glastonbury, and is described by the guide as being 'a peaceful stretch of river which makes for a picturesque swim and is surrounded by woodland – including overarching weeping willows and water lilies'.
One wild swimmer venturing to this spot said: "This beautiful spot is perfect for a break. Find about 100 metres of flower-lined water on the River Brue, ending with a weir and a bridge. The village church is nearby, so be respectful."

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Originally posted 2023-09-12 02:00:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter