Wild swimming UK: Here are the designated bathing water sites in Yorkshire and the rest of the UK

Before wild swimmers plunged into the cold waters of River Nidd, the news broke that the government has assigned it a water bathing site, along with 26 others in the UK’s biggest roll-out of designated sites.There are now 451 sites throughout the country.

This means that during the bathing water season, which runs between May 15 and September 30, these areas will be monitored by the Environment Agency (EA).

The EA will monitor the water quality at the sites and provide a rating which assesses whether action is needed to cut pollution levels.

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If you’re searching for places to swim in Yorkshire, we now have three designated bathing spots.

River Nidd has become a designated water bathing siteRiver Nidd has become a designated water bathing site
River Nidd has become a designated water bathing site

The River Wharfe at Wetherby Riverside and the River Nidd at the Lido Leisure Park in Knaresborough are both designated bath spots, as well as the Wharfe at Cromwheel, Ilkley, which three years ago became the first designated river bathing site in England.

Here are the recently announced bathing sites in the UK:

Church Cliff beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Coastguards beach, River Erme, Devon

Coniston boating centre, - Coniston Water, Cumbria

Coniston Brown Howe, Coniston Water, Cumbria

Derwent Water at Crow Park, Keswick, Cumbria

Goring beach, Worthing, West Sussex

Littlehaven beach, Tyne and Wear

Manningtree beach, Essex

Monk Coniston, Coniston Water, Cumbria

River Avon at Fordingbridge, Hampshire

River Cam at Sheep’s Green, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

River Dart estuary at Dittisham, Devon

River Dart estuary at Steamer Quay, Totnes, Devon

River Dart estuary at Stoke Gabriel, Devon

River Dart estuary at Warfleet, Dartmouth, Devon

River Frome at Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset

River Nidd at the Lido leisure park in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

River Ribble at Edisford Bridge, Lancashire

River Severn at Ironbridge, Shropshire

River Severn at Shrewsbury, Shropshire

River Stour at Sudbury, Suffolk

River Teme at Ludlow, Shropshire

River Tone in French Weir Park, Taunton, Somerset

River Wharfe at Wetherby Riverside, High St, Wetherby, West Yorkshire

Rottingdean beach, Rottingdean, East Sussex

Wallingford beach, River Thames, Oxfordshire

Worthing Beach House, Worthing, West Sussex

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The Environment Agency will now conduct weekly testing at all of the bathing water sites for the duration of the 2024 bathing water season.

The government says that they work with local communities to improve the water quality. Last year, 96 per cent of bathing waters in England met the minimum standards, with 90 per cent classified as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, up from 76 per cent in 2010, despite the classification standards becoming stricter in 2015.

Water Minister Robbie Moore said that the sites are integral to the health and wellbeing of certain communities.

He said: “These popular swimming spots will now undergo regular monitoring to ensure bathers have up-to-date information on the quality of the water and enable action to be taken if minimum standards aren’t being met.

I am fully committed to seeing the quality of our coastal waters, rivers and lakes rise further for the benefit of the environment and everyone who uses them.”

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