This goes with other Filofacts on Wild Swimming – duplications to be ironed out later.
from article by Kate Rew and Margaret Drabble, The Guardian, May 24 2008
Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Skye.
Park in the car park in Glenbrittle. There is a clear path up to the pools, which may need walking boots – there are streams, stepping stones and boggy bits to cross.
Llyn Idwal, Snowdonia, Gwynedd.
There is a car park by the Cwm Idwal visitor centre off the A5 on the south side of Llyn Ogwen.
Peninnis Head, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.
Many secluded beaches and jumping spots to discover around Peninnis Head.
Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Dorset.
Access to the beach is from Durdle Door holiday park, two miles from the A352 from Dorchester to Wareham.
Berneray beach, Berneray, North Uist.
Berneray beach is clearly marked on Ordnance Survey maps. For Traigh Ear and Traigh Iar beaches go to Grenitote, turn down the road marked by a phone box on the corner, follow it to the car park and walk from there. The area is known locally as Udal.
Burgh Island, Bigbury on Sea, Devon.
Bigbury on Sea is about three miles off the A379 from Plymouth to Dartmouth.
Figheldean is about three miles north of Amesbury just off the A345. Entering from the south, look out for the long stone wall of Figheldean House. Turn left down the cul-de-sac opposite.
Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire.
Abereiddy can be reached by following signs from Croesgoch on the A487 (St David’s to Fishguard road).
Porthtowan tidal pool, Cornwall
Porthtowan is about four miles north of Redruth. There’s a chain of tidal pools along this coast: Portreath, Lady Basset’s Baths (also Portreath), Millendreath, Polperro and Treyarnon Bay.
Lumb Falls, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
You will need an Ordnance Survey map to locate this pool on a footpath between Shackleton Moor and Hardcastle Crags.
* These are edited extracts from Wild Swim: The best places to swim outdoors in Britain, by Kate Rew.