A new and exciting plan is being put together for the UK’s highest-altitude lido which will be a chemical-free-natural outdoor swimming pool.
Set to be located in West Yorkshire in the little village of Oxenhope which is in the Bronte country near Haworth. The idea was conceived during lockdown when open water swimming boomed. The lido will be 278 metres above sea level and will be the UK’s highest pool once it’s built.
The countryside location will offer spectacular views along the Pennine Way and Bronte walk. The water will be naturally filtered with the use of selected aquatic plants and mineral gravel layers which will help cleanse the water as well as create a wildlife-friendly habitat.
The plans are in the early stages, but the team behind it has outlined planning permission to buy a 7-acre site. It was formerly a water treatment plant by Thornton Moor reservoir and will be reimagined into “an accessible, safe, natural outdoor swimming destination for everyone”.
The pool would be open all year round with water temperatures ranging from zero to 25C with a poolside sauna for you to warm up afterwards. There is also plans for eco-lodges for an overnight stay.
Brainchild of local businesswoman and outdoor swimmer, Caroline Kindy who said on the project’s website: “The Yorkshire Swim Works was conceived during a lockdown quest to find amazing and safe places to swim outdoors. The idea was shared with a group of expansive thinkers and has grown into a project with real potential”.
Sarah Ferriby, Bradford council’s lead for healthy people and places, said: “We are thrilled to support the Yorkshire Swimming Works. Bradford is a district that is two-thirds rural with some of the most stunning countryside in the UK, from Ilkley Moor to Brontë country in Haworth. A project like this is perfect for Bradford right now and has the potential to become another unique attraction for our diverse district.”