You don't necessarily need to travel to remote spots to enjoy outdoor swimming. There are many great urban swimming destinations that you might have never considered. Here are our top 5 urban swim spots.
1 - London
Discover urban swimming at its finest at the Royal Docks. Swim past the huge cranes and skyscrapers as planes take off overhead. A real London experience. Open all year round.
2 - New York
Join the Brooklyn hipsters and Russian immigrants at Brighton Beach, also the home of legendary open water swimming club Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers.
3 - Helsinki
The Allas Sea Pool has three outdoor pools, including one fed with sea water. Or head to Löyly for a suana and a dip in the Baltic, followed by a cocktail on the rooftop bar.
4 - Greater Manchester
The Salford Quays make for another thrilling urban experience as you swim past huge buildings and under an iron footbridge.
5 - Copenhagen
As well as beaches, Copenhagen is home to outdoor pools, harbour baths and sea pools - many open all year round for winter swimmers.