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It’s just about that time to start planning the summer holidays. Whether you’re jetting off to Spain or hitting the beaches in Cornwall, don’t miss the chance to experience the beauty of Britain and check out the best lake swimming spots around. Here are our favourites.

Goldiggins Quarry – Cornwall

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Cornwall is dotted in granite quarries but this is by far the best one for swimming on a hot summer’s day. The jade water sparkles against the rocky cliffs jutting up out of the water. There are plenty of platforms to jump off of into the water (in perfect cannonball form, of course) and grassy spots for afternoon picnics.

Lake Buttermere – Cumbria

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Buttermere is something special, sitting right at the head of Cocker Valley and surrounded by dramatic hills like High Stile, Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike. Don’t miss Scale Force while you’re in the area; it’s the highest waterfall in the Lake District.

River Thames – Pangbourne

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Okay, so not a lake but a great place to swim that’s not too far from London. Pick up a London car hire and head to Pangbourne and hike upstream about three miles through Coombe Park. You’ll reach the edge of the Chilterns and it’s the perfect spot for chalky shores, clear water and not a soul in sight.

Ullswater – Lake District

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Ullswater is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Lake District but it can get pretty crowded in the summertime so best to head out to Kailpot Crag. Due to its west-facing location, it’s the best spot for some sunset swimming. Bring a little camping stove to make a brew after you get out of the water and watch the red and purple hues in the sky turn to black.

Coniston Water – Lake District

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Another Lake District pick, Coniston Water is remarkably calm, at least compared to its neighbour Windemere, making it the idea spot for swimming. It was here that Donald Campbell attempted to break the world water speed record and no wonder he chose this lake, it’s not only beautiful but calm.

What are your favourite lakes for swimming in Britain?

Imgs: wikimedia, Rosie Spooner, welshwitch36, Cranology, paul mcgreevy / Flickr cc.

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