A wild swimming spot near Lancashire has been named among the best in the UK.

Whether you like to take a fresh dip or you’re new to the wild swimming scene, there are plenty of spots to enjoy around the UK.

If you need some inspiration for your next adventure, Country Living’s list of the top seven wild swimming spots could help you out.

Kailpot Crag in the Lake District features in the list and it’s around an hour and a half from Lancashire by road.

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Speaking of the list, Country Living said: "There's nothing better than a refreshing dip when the weather heats up. For those of us who love the great outdoors, plus a spot of breaststroke, wild swimming is the perfect option.

"Luckily for us, the UK has a plethora of places to enjoy wild swimming, from hidden in-land beaches to mystical, blue-watered lagoons."

What did Country Living say about Kailpot Crag?

Kailpot Crag is said to be the “perfect place for a wild swim” and a “popular cliff diving spot”.

Country Living said: “Located on the beautiful waters of Ullswater, Kailpot Crag is a popular cliff diving spot.

“A short footpath from Sandwick through an amazing Lake District pine wood takes walkers out onto the crag.”

The list adds: “The water may be cold but the crag is a perfect place for a wild swim - especially if you feel brave enough to leap in!”

The best wild swimming spots in the UK

Kailpot Crag is the only Lake District spot to be named in the list but locations elsewhere have been featured, including wild swimming spots in Cornwall, West Yorkshire and the Isle of Skye.

  1. Blue Lagoon (Pembrokeshire)
  2. Gaddings Dam (West Yorkshire)
  3. Kailpot Crag (Lake District)
  4. River Dart (Devon)
  5. Lower Dddwili Falls (Brecon Beacons)
  6. Goldiggins Quarry (Cornwall)
  7. Skye Fairy Pools (Isle of Skye)

You can find out more about the wild swimming spots via the Country Living website.

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Open water swimming safety tips

The RNLI has shared some safety tips on its website for those interested in going open water swimming.

It advises that you download the RYA SafeTrx app as this will track you as you swim and contact emergency contacts if you don’t return home on time.

  • Speak to a health professional if it’s your first time open-water swimming
  • Swim with a friend or loved one
  • Tell someone who is onshore where you are going and what time you will be back
  • Swim between lifeguard flags where possible and know where you are and how to spot rip currents and how to deal with the
  • Check the weather and tide times before entering the water
  • Wear a wetsuit and bright-coloured swimming hat
  • Take a float and mobile phone in a waterproof pouch so you can contact someone if needed
  • Take warm clothes and food and drink for after your swim

Kailpot Crag was ranked in third place in the list of seven wild swimming spots.