Take the Plunge and Go Wild Swimming in Rural Worcestershire
Wild swimming, also known as open water swimming or cold-water therapy, is all the rage in 2021. It involves swimming in a natural body of water and is understandably extremely popular during the summer months. Wild swimming is a great activity to enjoy here in Worcestershire; there’s plenty of enchanting rivers and magical lakes to discover.
So, why not ditch the over-chlorinated pools this summer and take the kids for a swim in a lake or river instead?!
Holistic Health Benefits
Open water swimming allows you to stay fit and healthy, whilst discovering the true wonders of mother nature. It poses many health benefits, including:
- Eases muscle soreness and aching
- Reduces inflammation
- Releases serotonin and dopamine
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves blood circulation
- Increases energy levels
- Improves sleep
- Aids weight loss
- Reduces stress
- Good for skin and hair
Staying Safe Whilst Swimming
Although wild swimming is fun and enjoyable, there are many potential health risks that you should be aware of. Wild swimming should be enjoyed at your own risk, and you should always keep children under close supervision. Try following the below steps to stay safe in the water:
- Only swim in shallow lakes and river pools
- Find out where your exits are
- Check for depth, obstructions, and flow
- Cover cuts with waterproof plasters
- Stay away from blue-green algae
- Stay visible with coloured swimming caps
- Always swim with others
- Don’t get too cold
- Know your limits
Lovely Locations for Wild Swimming
Rural Worcestershire contains some perfectly pristine pools of water, which are ideal for a spot of wild swimming. Check out our recommended list below…
Worcestershire Aqua Park is based at the Aztec Activity Centre in Upton Warren. The floating inflatable aqua park boasts climbing towers, trampolines, balance bars and slides, and is open from 1st May – 26th September 2021. The aqua park costs just £15 per person for 1 hour and is suitable for children aged 6 years and above who can swim 25 metres.
The remarkable River Teme meanders through Worcestershire and has many plunge points for wild swimming, one of which is near the historic Powick Bridge. Park in the car park off the roundabout and follow the path over the bridge to reach a pretty beach. The waters are shallow and fresh, but can be fast-flowing; therefore, this spot is not suitable for inexperienced swimmers.
The picturesque River Avon provides a plethora of safe, slow swimming opportunities. Eckington Bridge has easy access to the water, offering the ideal location for a fun dip in the river. There is also a designated picnic area nearby – perfect for a bite to eat after an enjoyable swim.
Lenches Lakes offers open water swim sessions to suit all abilities, whether you are a recreational or event swimmer. The lake is spring-fed and delightful to swim in, allowing you to swim at your own pace around a 350-metre buoyed course. The depth of the lake varies from 5-15 feet, so it is important that swimmers are confident enough to deal with the change in depths.
The idyllic village of Bodenham sits on the bend of the river Lugg. Follow the path behind the church and cross over the bridge to discover some beautiful beaches in a quiet, secluded spot. The water slowly flows along, past sandy shores and river pools, and features both shallow and deep areas to cater for all the family.
Enjoy a Spot of Open Water Swimming at Swallowfields
Our glorious glamping retreat in the spectacular South Worcestershire countryside is home to two luxurious spa lodges; Betony and Meadowsweet. Nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our site provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and your loved ones.
Our spa lodges are fully booked up for the summer season, with some limited availability during the autumn. Click here to book your glamping escape in rural Worcestershire today!