The Boulter’s to Bray swim, MaidenheadA swim with a side-helping of London historical past, the Boulter’s to Bray began within the nineteenth century, when it was a race organised by Maidenhead Swimming Membership. Boulter’s Lock, a Victorian swimming and boating spot, is the place to begin. The swim heads downstream, passes beneath the 13-arched Maidenhead Bridge and previous Guards Membership Island, the place the British military guards brigade had a membership for punting and rowing. It then continues beneath Brunel’s ingenious Sounding Arch railway bridge to the end. This stretch of the Thames is called “millionaires’ row”, however you don’t should be a part of the super-elite to participate on this swim, and it’s supreme for newbies, too, going down alongside a slim, quiet stretch of river. Afterwards, watch the swish rivercraft from the terrace at The Boathouse at Boulter’s Lock, or take a picnic to Ray Mill Island. 3 July, tickets on sale in Could, distances: 1.4km and a couple of.8km, £31-£35, wetsuits obligatory, boulterstobrayswim.orgOutdoor Swimmer Henley swim pageant, Henley-on-ThamesThe Henley swim pageant takes place at Temple Island Meadows, a scenic spot and placement for the Henley royal regatta (the course takes the identical route). There are a number of swim occasions, a pool for practising approach, swim gear on the market, in addition to a pizza barge, bar, veggie meals, dwell music and provoking figures similar to polar swimmer Cath Pendleton. Charity locations can be found. There may be enjoyable for all of the household, with swims for these aged eight and above, and an enclosed section of the river, the place under-8s can splash round. Pageant tenting within the meadows is offered. 11 July, distances: 200m, ½ mile, 1 mile and 4 miles, £28-£95, wetsuits non-obligatory, henleyswim.comCastle Howard, North YorkshireCastle Howard. {Photograph}: Constantin Stanciu/AlamySwim in Citadel Howard’s Nice Lake, which was constructed within the 1790s, at this widespread triathlon weekend. There are three swim-only occasions, together with a leisurely one-miler if all you wish to do is potter and benefit from the views of this baroque nation home. Stay music, food and drinks and entry to the grounds, woodland, and Grade I-listed gardens is included. On-site tenting is offered (from £25). 24-25 July, distances: 1 mile, 2.5km, 5km, £30, wetsuits obligatory if water temperature lower than 14C, castletriathlonseries.co.ukGo Swim Loch Lomond {Photograph}: Kenny GirvanSwim within the largest loch in Britain within the shadow of mighty Ben Lomond. The swim begins at Drumkinnon Bay and goes alongside the restored pleasure steamer Maid of the Loch, then out into the center of the loch and again. Novices and kids can deal with a 250m swim, past which there’s a variety of distances to swimsuit all swimmers. There may be lots to do on the bonnie banks, from mountaineering to nature walks. On the Sea Life Centre, get a detailed up have a look at the creatures that inhabit the loch. There are a number of campsites across the lochshore. 28 August, distances: 250m, 750m, 1.5km, 3km, 5km, 10km, £15-£75, wetsuits obligatory except water temperature above 18C, go-swim.ukAquasphere Chillswim Coniston, Lake DistrictIf you’ve solely ever swum in your native lake or river, you’ll be able to anticipate an exciting sense of freedom traversing the size of Coniston Water from south to north. Alongside the best way, take a peek at Peel Island, which impressed Wild Cat Island, the place the Walker youngsters roamed in Swallows and Amazons. Boat-based relaxation factors alongside the best way supply the possibility to take a breather and respect the environment. With staggered begin occasions (relying in your swim pace), take issues at your personal tempo – or problem your self to enhance your time. 4 September, distance: 5¼ miles, £95, wetsuits non-obligatory, chillswim.comKeswick mountain pageant, Lake DistrictThis 3.6km lake swim has a enjoyable starting, the place you’ll be ferried to the beginning level at Excessive Brandlehow aboard a picket Keswick launch. Observe the course previous secluded Derwent Isle to the northern finish of the lake, dwarfed by the fells of Cat Bells and Skiddaw. Shorter swims are additionally out there. The choice to bop away the night on the lakeshore to dwell bands is included in your swim ticket. A bunch of different sporting challenges happen through the pageant, together with path runs, hikes and triathlons. Pitch up on the pageant campsite near the lake. 10-12 September, distances: 750m, 1.5km, 3.6km, £21-£53, wetsuits obligatory, keswickmountainfestival.co.ukSwim Serpentine, London {Photograph}: Simon LodgeThe Serpentine Swimming Membership was the house of a few of Britain’s outside swimming pioneers, however even they’d absolutely have gawped on the 6,000 individuals who arrived to participate at Swim Serpentine 2019. This yr, it’s a socially-distanced occasion, that means there received’t be the identical pageant distributors as in earlier years, nevertheless it’s nonetheless more likely to be enjoyable, as you comply with former Olympians as much as the highest of the lake and again right down to Serpentine Bridge. Entry opens within the coming weeks and pre-registration is offered on the web site. Charity locations can be found if you wish to swim for a trigger. When the swim is over loosen up in both Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens, which have loads of consuming choices, such because the Italian Gardens cafe and the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen. 18 September, distances: ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 6 miles, £25-£150, wetsuits obligatory except water temperature is 15C or larger, swimserpentine.co.ukGo Swim Loch Morlich, HighlandsThough a few levels chillier than most lake or river swims, this dip within the mountain water of Loch Morlich will probably be value braving the chilly for. Deep within the Highlands, that is considered one of Scotland’s prettiest lochs, fringed by thick forests of native Scots pine, with views of the Northern Corries and the glacial valleys of Cairn Gorm mountain. There are distances to swimsuit all talents. The beginning and end is on the sandy loch shore, which, at 318m above sea stage, is amongst Britain’s highest seashores. There are enchanting issues to do on this area if you wish to make a weekend (or longer) of it. Observe the paths by means of Glenmore Forest looking out for crimson squirrels and pine martens, or go to the 150-strong Cairngorm reindeer herd. Pitch up at Glenmore Campsite, a brief stroll from the loch shore. 18 September, distances: 250m, 750m, 1.5km, 3km, 5km, 10km, £15-£75, wetsuits obligatory except water temperature above 18C, go-swim.ukAberdovey Swim, Mid-WalesThese swims happen in a Unesco-protected nook of Wales surrounded by sand dunes, Cambrian mountains and miles of large sandy seashores. From the gorgeous harbour in Aberdovey/Aberdyfi you’ll swim from the ocean up into the Dyfi estuary with the flood tide, then flip round and return with the ebb. The longer swims really feel like actual adventures as you journey deeper up the Dyfi River right into a lush valley. Afterwards, lunch on seafood at Seabreeze in Aberdovey, stroll among the many wild dunes of Dyfi nationwide nature reserve, or deal with a hike up Cadair Idris. 25-26 September, distances: 4km, 8km, 13km, £40-£85, wetsuits non-obligatory, aberdoveyswim.co.ukWelsh Winter Swim, Snowdonia {Photograph}: Sport Footage CymruCold water swimming is booming, with ever extra swimmers rhapsodising about its advantages. In the event you fancy taking an icy plunge this yr, ebook a spot on this swim in Llyn Padarn, a deep glacial lake between Snowdon and the Glyder mountains. The swims start at Pont Pen-y-llyn, the place the views alongside the lake of the snow-capped mountains are exhilarating. You’ll share the water with shoals of arctic char, that are present in only a handful of Welsh lakes. The water temperature may be as little as 6C: wooly hats are inspired. Heat up on the Snowdon Inn with home made pizza, and luxuriate in wintery walks across the lake and thru the outdated oak woodlands of Padarn nation park. 21 November, distances: 50m, 100m, 250m, 500m, £20-£32, wetsuits non-obligatory, loveswimrun.co.uk