10 of the best UK lidos

With the UK in the midst of a heatwave and the school holidays approaching, we pick 10 fantastic but lesser-known outdoor pools – all near or on the way to popular holiday hotspots

If you’re spending all, or part, of the holidays at home this year checking out one of the UK’s 120 or so publicly accessible outdoor pools should be high on your holiday hit list. With local authority cost-cutting threatening closures, many of these pools are now run by volunteers, having been saved by their communities.

And don’t be deterred if the heatwave doesn’t last – many of these pools are heated, and swimming in the rain can be a glorious experience. Southern England has by far the greatest density of lidos in the UK, but here are 10 lesser-known gems across the country, all near or on the way to holiday hotspots.

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