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Wild Swimming Spots near Swindon

Swindon is amazing for many things, but being situated by the coast sadly isn’t one of them. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a dip in the water though! Being located close to many beautiful lakes, the Cotswold Water Park and rivers, there are plenty of sources of water to choose from when it comes to Wild Swimming.

Whether it's for fitness or leisure, wild swimming is great for the body both physically and mentally. Have a read below of our favourite Wild Swimming Spots near Swindon!

If you're visiting any of these locations, please be mindful of yourself and other people's safety. Wild and open water swimming is for strong swimmers only unless you are choosing to just paddle or dip your toes in. 

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Cotswold Water Park and Beach (Lake 32)

About: Cotswold Water Park and Beach (often known as Lake 32) is located just 10 minutes down the road from Swindon, perched on the very edge of the Cotswolds. This lake has its own little beach and attracts plenty of locals for open water paddling on hot summer days. There are restrictions however, so if you’d rather venture further into the lake for open water swimming, please contact Waterland directly.

Parking: On site, charges may apply

Address: Spratsgate Ln, Shorncote, Cirencester GL7 6DF

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Buscot Lock and Weir

Buscot Lock and Weir

About: Buscot Lock is a beautiful scenic place located on the River Thames near Buscot, Oxfordshire. The lock itself is the smallest on the Thames, but the weir nearby provides a fantastic spot for wild swimming. The weir is very safe for swimming, even with children as it is shallow in some areas, and there are even rope swings over the water which makes it a whole lot of fun!

Parking: On site, National Trust owned car park

Address: Buscot, Oxfordshire SN7 8BY

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Dog Hole

About: Dog Hole may not sound like the most pleasant place, but we can assure you it proves a very popular spot for wild swimmers and is beautifully scenic! This small pool is fed by the River Dun (which is also great for dipping your toes in) and offers the perfect place to paddle - especially for children.

Parking: on Frog Lane, Great Bedwyn

Address: Great Bedwyn, Marlborough SN8 3PA

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