A list of best lidos of Britain has been filed on this site before, but we might as well have the latest version, from Adrian Bridge in Sun Tel 22.6.14 …
* Stonehaven Open Air Pool, near Aberdeen:
Opens from 10pm until midnight every Wednesday during the summer.
* Nantwich Outdoor Brine Pool, Cheshire:
Possibly the only inland brine pool left in the country.
* Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham:
Family friendly but with lanes reserved for serious swimmers.
* Jubilee Pool, Penzance, Cornwall:
Not open for the 2014 season but when open, the largest sea-water lido in the country.
Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall
Future in doubt, but still open for 2014.
(Also worth a mention in Cornwall:
Perranporth: Large natural pool fills at high tide.
Polperro: Small natural pool – polperro.org/bathingpool.html
Portreath: Natural tidal pools l on either side of Portreath beach as well as Lady Basset’s Baths, six bath-shaped pools, which were made from the rock to catch the tide.
There are also sea pools at Mousehole, Cape Cornwall, Porthtowan, Millendreath, and Treyarnon Bay.)
* Shap Swimming Pool, Cumbria:
Heated outdoor pool .
* Chagford Swimming Pool, Devon:
River-fed pool with solar warming system. Open mainly afternoons.
* Pells Pool, Lewes, East Sussex:
The oldest freshwater pool in the country.
* Lymington Sea Water Baths, Hampshire:
One of the oldest in the country … still one of the largest.
* Tinside Lido, Plymouth :
Beautifully restored sea-water pool.
* Arundel Lido, West Sussex:
A good-sized outdoor pool dating from the 1960s.
* Ilkley Pool & Lido , West Yorkshire:
One of the best outdoor pools in the north of England … freshwater and unheated.
* Droitwich Spa Lido, Worcestershire:
See website for details of “water zorbing” events (walking on water).
* Thermae Spa, Bath:
Not strictly a swimming pool but it is a pretty amazing place to soak up the sun before heading to the Roman Baths.
* Clifton Lido, Bristol:
Essentially for members but non-members can apply for passes (about £20 for a three-hour session).
More at lidos.org.uk/ or in …
Kate Rew’s Wild Swim: River, Lake, Lido & Sea: the best places to swim outdoors in Britain or …
Janet Smith’s Liquid Assets.