Lorraine Candy, former editor in chief of British ELLE and The Sunday Times Style, shares her three favourite spots to wild swim in the UK.
This summer we’re encouraging our community to get out into the water and wild swim across the UK and beyond.
Lorraine Candy has been a keen wild swimmer for more than five years, both in British lakes and the Cornish sea.
She uses it as a form of cold water immersion therapy, which is thought to have mental and physical health benefits such as bringing down heart rate, blood pressure, inflammation and cholesterol, boosting the immune system, brain power, mood, mental resilience and energy levels.
Once you’ve warmed up, wild swimming just so happens to bring on feelings of euphoria, releasing a rush of endorphins (happy hormones) helping to increase overall wellbeing. Paired with a connection to nature and our outside surrounding, and enhanced alertness.
Here’s Lorraine Candy’s three favourite places to wild swim in the UK:
Shepperton Lake, Surrey
"It’s a lovely, clean lake run well by a lovely community of swimmers and in the summer you swim a circuit around swans and I regularly see fish below me as I attempt the 800 meter circuit. It is in the most beautiful setting and is extremely safe with monitored entry and exist and an excellent coffee van to warm up with afterwards."
Parliament Hill Lido
"An unheated 60 metre stainless steel pool. It's (usually) open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day."
Dayme Bay, Cornwall
"The water is cold but clean and clear. Some days it is tropical. We've seen seals in the Camel estuary. The Cornwalls Open Water Leisure Swimmers post about their swims on Facebook so you can always find a friend to swim safely with."