Swimming in the sun at Alpamare. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter
Of course we’re blessed in Scarborough to have our pick of beaches to choose from but for when you fancy something a bit different, or want to avoid getting covered in sand, there are several fantastic outdoor alternatives not too far from town. Whether you want to soak up the sun and relax by the pool, challenge yourself with an open water swimming course or give wild swimming a go, you can do it all nearby. We’ve put together a list here of some of the different outdoor swimming options close by, some of which you might not be aware of - including a wild swimming spot voted in the top 20 in the UK.
Back open again for the summer, there are two outdoor pools at Alpamare to enjoy in warm weather, a garden pool and the infinity pool looking out to sea. For the adrenaline junkies there are also slides to enjoy.
This water park at Wykeham lake is home to many water sports but also a 250m open water swim challenge. Sessions run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends and water temperature averages 18 degrees.
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One for the those with little children, the paddling pool at Filey is right next to the beach so you can enjoy all the views and fun of the beach with none of the hassle of sand in everyone’s clothes.
Another good option for families and groups with smaller children, this free paddling pool has lovely views out to see and plenty of space outside for sitting. There’s also a mini golf course close by to make a full afternoon of it.
Not far from Whitby is this idyllic spot in the North York Moors secluded and surrounded by woodland. It has a 10m waterfall and deep plunge pool underneath which is a perfect spot for some light wild swimming.
In the middle of beautiful woodland, this wild swimming spot in the heart of the moors near Beck Hole, sits under a waterfall. Steam trains pass nearby making this one of the more unusual places to take a dip.
Though not set to reopen until June 21, this is Yorkshire’s only 25m heated open air pool. In the heart of the countryside you will feel like you’re on holiday on a sunny day here. They are taking bookings for the summer.
For more serious swimmers, this park near Pocklington houses a man made lake with a maximum depth of 7 foot. The course is 400m long and swim sessions are held throughout the week for different age groups.
The sailing club at Scaling Dam run open water swimming sessions every Tuesday. There is no need to book, places are given to the first 60 swimmers. The course is 400m long in a beautiful setting.
Named by The Times as one of the UK’S top 20 natural swimming locations, this lake near Sutton Bank is a breathtaking place to swim. The water is calm, still and warm, although can house leeches.