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A lido in the UK might seem like an odd idea, but the notion of cooling off by a pool when the UK summer temperatures soar is a wonderful thing, and something which is becoming increasingly popular. While there are plenty of local pools where you can go and swim indoors, when the sun’s out there’s little better than enjoying its warmth and the chance to splash about with some friends.

Ilkley LidoSo we scoured the country looking for the very best lidos for you to enjoy on your next swimming getaway.

  1. Stonehaven Open Air Pool, Aberdeen

All right, so Aberdeen probably isn’t the first place you think of when looking for a local lido, but this one makes it worthwhile. It is an Olympic sized pool filled with heated sea-water, and may be somewhere you visit on a weekend getaway. It is even open until midnight on Wednesdays during the summer, letting you swim under the stars. More details

  1. Chagford Swimming Pool, Devon

Located within the Dartmoor National Park, this fresh-water pool is fed by the local river. The water is heated by the power of the sun, and so it only opens in the afternoon. It is one of the greenest pools in the country, as it is only given minimal chlorine treatment to enhance the freshness of its water. More details

  1. Shap Swimming Pool, Cumbria

Found in the heart of the Lake District, this pool claims to be England’s highest open-air heated pool. As it is at just under one thousand feet above sea level, this claim is difficult to argue with, and it makes a beautiful place for a swimming getaway. More details

  1. Ilkley Pool and Lido, West Yorkshire

This lido is a true gem, found on the edge of the famous Ilkley Moor. It has an Art Deco cafe which is perfect for that after-swim cuppa. The pool itself is mushroom like in shape, with the circular part being 150 feet in diameter, so there is never any worry about lack of space in this pool. More details

  1. Thermae Bath Spa, Bath

While not originally a swimming pool, the mineral-rich springs of Bath have been exploited by the Celts, Romans, Saxons, Victorians and Georgians. More recently, they have been transformed into a state-of-the-art spa complex, and the rooftop lido pool has some truly spectacular views over the surrounding city and countryside. More details

  1. Portishead Lido, Somerset

Want to relive the spirit of the 60’s? This pool is the perfect place to go. Originally opened in 1962, it was sympathetically restored in 2008 and is heated entirely by green energy. More details

  1. The Berkeley, London

The outdoor, rooftop pool at this luxury Knightsbridge hotel is one of the capital’s hidden gems. With magnificent views over Hyde Park, it is well worth a visit. If you don’t want to stay in the hotel, you can get a half-day membership to the health club, and this allows you to access the pool. More details

  1. Sandford Parks Lido, Gloucestershire

This 50-meter heated pool lies on the edge of the picturesque Cotswold countryside and is surrounded by the landscaped gardens of Sandford Park. Definitely a getaway to consider. More details

  1. Pell’s Pool, East Sussex

With the possible exception of the pools at Bath, Pell’s Pool is the oldest outdoor pool in Britain. Built in 1860, it is the perfect place to head to after a hike on the downs. More details

  1. Gourock Outdoor Pool, Inverclyde

Another spectacular Scottish pool, this salt-water gem has been recently refurbished. It has some breathtaking views out over the Clyde Estuary, and is an ideal place to go in order to make the most of a sunny day. More details

  1. Lymington Sea Water Baths, Hampshire

This is another historical gem. It dates back to 1833, and is the oldest open-air sea-water pool in Britain. It offers views of the Isle of Wight as you swim, and is surrounded by the Georgian market town of Lymington. More details

  1. Havre de Pas Tidal Pool, Jersey

This is a lovely Victorian pool which is filled with sea water whenever the tide comes in. It is the most southerly lido in the British Isles, and is open all year round. Best of all, it’s completely free to enter. More details

  1. Tongue Pot, Cumbria

If you’re in an adventurous mood, this pool is a good one to head to. It is fed by a stream flowing down from Scafell Pike and has formed at the base of a waterfall. More details

Swimming lidos continue to and will always remain to be a favoured English summer pastime, with a refreshing dip in the water providing a great escape from the summer heat. With boundless options of new, and maybe some already known to you, swimming spots included in this list, which would you pick to enjoy this summer? If we’ve missed a recommended spot that’s worth adding to the list, then get in touch with us via Twitter or Facebook.