In what is believed to have been the wettest May since records began, it really hasn’t felt like spring at all.
It’s even harder to believe that summer is, supposedly, just around the corner, with June just days away now.
But the rain is set to leave us, and regardless of the weather, a swim can do wonders for the body and mind.
With the easing of restrictions in April, indoor swimming pools have reopened, but the prospect may be a little overwhelming for some, especially those who spent much of the last year shielding.
Gloucestershire has a wealth of natural beauty spots and wild water bodies that make great spots for swimming. Of course, caution must be exercised – you can’t just go jumping into the tidal River Severn and expect to have a safe swim.
Here are a number of wild swimming spots in Gloucestershire, that are safe spaces to go for a little paddle, a dip, or a full-on dive into the water.
Half term is just around the corner, and the bank holiday weekend is here, so it’s the perfect time to get out and explore the waters of Gloucestershire.
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Blackpool Brook flows through this picnic site in the heart of the Forest of Dean, with oak trees providing shade from the sunshine.
There is also a paddling pool for young children, perfect for a post picnic paddle, with some children taking to the water with nets to see what they can catch.
Cotswold Country Park and Beach
Not quite a secret beach, but definitely a jewel in the Cotswolds crown, this excluded beach set amongst glorious Gloucestershire countryside has all the assets of a great beach – good food, refreshing water and a sandy beach.
There are plenty of water-based activities to get stuck into, and there is a lagoon just for children to splash about in, too.
At the bottom of the Wyeside village of Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean lies a glistening section of the River Wye, popular with outdoor swimmers.
With parking facilities right beside the river at the park, Lower Lydbrook makes the perfect starting point for a swim down to Symonds Yat, or a finishing point from Kerne Bridge.
The River Thames at Lechlade
The Cotswold town of Lechlade is home to a wonderful spot for wild swimming – Lechlade Riverside Park.
This meadow is perfect for a post-swim picnic, and the Thames bends itself around the park. Just across the river is Cotswold Canoe Hire, perfect for those who don’t fancy getting wet.
Lake 32, near Cirencester, is open for open water and triathlon swimming, for members and non-members, with an online booking system in operation.
Not only can you swim in the crystal clear waters, but a number of watersport activities are available, too.
Slimbridge Splash Zone
One for the children, this paddling stream at Slimbridge Wetland Centre is a great way to keep the kids cool on a warm summer’s day.
There are inflatable yellow pillows in the streams, with plenty of water streams and cascading water for little ones to play in.
Cattle Country’s splash pool
Not too far from Slimbridge is Cattle Country, which has its own paddling pool for children to wade through in the warmer months.
The splash pool will be reopening after a long winter on May 29, just in time for some half term fun.
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