Outdoor swimming around Northamptonshire was not something I had really considered until lockdown caused all the indoor pools to close. The fact that lockdown happened over spring and summer meant that we had to think of outdoor alternatives to some of our favourite ways to entertain the kids or get our own exercise.
When I looked into outdoor swimming alternatives I was surprised by how many local options we have in and around Northants.
Outdoor Swimming around Northamptonshire ideas…
Please note, if you are not experienced in outdoor swimming please do some safety research first: River Swimming Keeping Safe.
You will find Woburn Lido alongside the Woburn Estate. It is a large pool that is surrounded by a seating area where you can enjoy your picnic or just get some after swimming sunbathing in.
Postcode: MK17 9QG
This is deep water but you can swim from Harpers Brooke to Wadenhoe.
Postcode: NN14 3EA (approx)
You can’t actually swim here but there is a great water play area for the kids, surrounded by a large grass area. There is the Nene River which I have seen people swim in but I wouldn’t myself.
Postcode: NN8 1LD
Rutland Water Beach
On a hot day you could almost pretend your on a beach in Europe! Plenty of sand here, so don’t forget your bucket and spade!
Postcode: LE15 8QL
Olney River Swimming
A very popular spot with steps leading down to the river and a rope to swing off into the water.
Postcode: MK46 4EF (approx)
Eversholt Swimming Pool
An outdoor heated pool that can even be hired out for exclusive use.
Postcode: MK17 9DT
A great spot for some open water swimming.
Postcode: MK15 0DS
Oundle River Swimming
You can access the water into the River Nene from the rowing club pontoon, just watch out for any boats!
Postcode: PE8 4DE
Open water swimming, wetsuits are compulsory.
Postcode: PE2 5UU