Now that the weather is warming up it’s a good time to try some #wildswimming.  It’s an activity that is increasing in popularity in the UK, as many of us are adopting mindfulness to combat stress. And the good news is there are now more places around England where we can safely take a dip.

The government has just announced 27 locations for new official swimming spots around the country, including a number of beautiful rivers and lakes in some of the most scenic locations.

These wild swimming locations are being designated as bathing waters ahead of the summer and will benefit from regular water quality monitoring, the Government has announced.

Of the 27 proposed new swimming spots just 2 are in Yorkshire:

River Nidd at the Lido Leisure Park in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

River Wharfe at Wetherby Riverside, West Yorkshire

However, we also have lots of ‘designated bathing waters’ near #seaferncottage at the Yorkshire coast; including the sea at Whitby, Sandsend, Robin Hood Bay.

The Environment Department (Defra) said the Government is looking to propose changes to drive improvements to water quality at bathing spots and speaking on what's been described as the largest ever rollout of new bathing sites, water minister Robbie Moore said:

‘The value our bathing waters bring to local communities is incredibly valuable – providing social, physical and positive health and wellbeing benefits to people around the country – and I am pleased to have approved a further 27 new bathing water sites for this year.’

Now we know where it’s safe to swim it’s worth looking into how to stay safe when wild swimming.

#wildswimming #healthbenefitsofwildswimming #wildswimspotsuk


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