With the temperamental British weather flexing its muscles, a heat wave could be around the corner at any time. Pack away your plastic paddling pool and set out to explore a patch of the English countryside instead – what better way to stave off the heat than splashing into the refreshing waves of an idyllic lake?

With all that being said, we’ve put together an open water swimming guide including some of the best scenic spots near Manchester where you can relax in the sun and enjoy a refreshing dip.

Soak Up the Sun at Sale Waterpark

Only a short tram ride from the city centre, nestled in between woodland and meadows, Sale waterpark is a convenient yet scenic swimming spot. You can swim at Sale via pre-booked swimming slots which cater for both kids and adults and are available from April to September and again from November to March for those craving the cold. One hour sessions start from as little as £4 and their team also have introductory lessons available to help those who may be on the fence take the plunge and get use to the sometimes chilly experience of open swimming. With plenty of space to relax in the sun, this is an ideal option for those wanting a sun and swim filled day out without breaking the bank.

Sale Waterpark

Rifle Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 2LX
For a health kick, visit The Farm Club at Pickmere

Nestled in 300 acres of Cheshire countryside, The Farm Club is a brand-new fitness focused venue due to open in a few weeks – boasting superb swimming facilities, biking, yoga, and running. The Farm Club is open to complete beginners and fitness fanatics alike, with membership allowing you to attend coached sessions and access the beautiful Pick Mere, all in collaboration with Total Tri Training. The Farm caters less to casual day-dippers, and more to those interested in reaping the numerous health benefits of cold-water swimming – alongside the other fitness activities on offer. Bookable one-hour open water swimming sessions are available from just £7. If the Farm Club lifestyle appeals to you, more information can be found by following the link below.

The Farm Club

Mere View Farm, Pickmere, Knutsford, WA16 0LG
Join the Uswim Community at Salford Dock 9 and Boundary Waterpark

For those urban types who simply don’t have the time to leave the concrete jungle in search of a swim spot, Uswim is an organization that put on swim sessions in the heart of the city at Salford docks three times a week, as well as at the beautiful boundary waterpark further out in Cheshire. Amongst their brilliantly organized events you will find swim-run events, polar swims in the winter, night swims, and 24-hour swim challenges, making this the perfect group for those interested in swimming on a longer term basis, making friends and becoming part of a community. You can find more information on how to get involved by clicking the button below.

Dock 9, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ / Boundary Park, Cheshire, CW4 8HT
Thu 15 Jul
Rachel Greenwood
Published on:
Thu 16 Jun 2022