It’s officially summer – a wet one albeit – but none the less, it’s summertime. And with Coronavirus still very present in our lives, a holiday abroad to nice hot climates is looking more and more of a pipe dream. Unless you’ve got a boss that doesn’t mind you self-isolating for two weeks when you get back, that is.
With that in mind, a staycation in Yorkshire is our next best alternative (obviously). We may be biased, but with its beautiful countryside, beaches and spectacular walks, it really could be worse (i.e, could be Lancashire). If you decide to head over to Yorkshire and you find yourself in the Yorkshire Dales, we have a little secret spot for you that might just make your summer.
Kisdon Force, in the heart of the Dales, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you’ll find in the UK. And we aren’t the only ones who think so, either. Deep in the emerald green woodland, it’s a series of waterfalls on the River Swale, which is also one of our favourite walks in Yorkshire.
Miles away from anything, it’s a peaceful place to get back to nature, and what better way than going for a dip in its refreshingly cold waters while you take in the views? It goes without saying, but when wild swimming, make sure you are extra careful as currents can be strong – even in shallow rivers and gorges – so make sure to check the depth and avoid fast-flowing waters when you visit.
The risks are real when swimming in open bodies of water as there are surprise currents that can be stronger than expected, and they are subject to changes. What might be a good place to swim one day may change the next time, so be extra careful and responsible.
Make sure you thoroughly research an area before you visit, and be aware of changes in water quality, weather or temperature. Check for obstructions and water depth before entering wild swim spots, and do not swim on your own.