Best places for outdoor swimming near Manchester1 week ago
While there are plenty of wild swimming spots around Manchester, there aren’t so many options if you want a safe, visitor-friendly outdoor swim. The kind with changing facilities, rescue boats, and ideally coffee and cake afterwards.
As far as we know, there’s just three (two are listed below and the third is at David Lloyd Trafford City, though it’s members-only). That said, you’ve several options within an hour of Manchester. Here we’ve listed the best of them, starting with the ones in the city and moving gradually outwards like a ripple on a misty lake (or heated lido if that’s more your style).
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If you want to go swimming at Sale Water Park, the safest way is with Openswim UK. They hold casual swimming sessions there four days a week in spring and summer, plus sessions throughout the winter. With regular water testing and lifeguards on standby, it’s a lot less risky than venturing in on your own.
USwim Salford Quays
The idea of voluntarily getting into the oily, cone-strewn waters of Salford Quays would once have filled us with horror. But when Manchester hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games and needed a swimming venue for the triathlon, this corner of it got a clean-up.
The Farm Club
The Farm Club started life as a triathlon training centre before it expanded into offering a wider wellness experience. Situated on an actual farm (hence the name) in Pickmere village, near Knutsford, it offers outdoor exercise sessions, lake swimming, wellness sessions, yoga, and meditation. There’s also a cafe and a self-catering lodge.
This man-made lake used to be a field full of cows until the owners diversified their business model from dairy farming into water sports. Manley Mere is now home to an adventure trail, aqua park, cafe, and sailing centre. Sounds like they made the right decision.
Hathersage Swimming Pool
Catch the Hope Valley line train from Piccadilly to this picturesque Peak District village for a dip in Hathersage Swimming Pool, a heated lido built in the 1930s.
Wild Shore Delamere
If you’ve never known the joy of flying over a lake on a rope swing and daring yourself to let go, get it on your bucket list, and then get yourself over to Wild Shore Delamere to tick it off.