There's nothing quite like taking a refreshing dip in cool, calm waters on a hot sunny day.
But coronavirus restrictions mean swimming pool spots now have to be pre-booked, with many selling out days in advance.
Luckily, there are plenty of wild swimming spots near London that don't need to be booked. Even better, they're completely free.
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Here are a few cool options.
River Wey, Surrey
Take a dip just outside of town in Guildford (istock)
The slow-moving waters and shallow, sandy banks of the Wey make this pretty river ideal for families keen to escape the heat with a day of paddling. From London, an hour’s train ride to Chilworth, or 40 minutes to Guildford, carries you out into proper countryside – from either station you can follow the river’s footpath to find shady spots and tiny beaches.
Getting there: Take the train to Chilworth Station and follow ..