Sea, lake, river or pool there is something wonderful about swimming outdoors with the sun shining and blue skies above. I grew up in a hot and sunny climate many miles from Bristol and swam daily in the warm Arabian seas. It's taken me a long while to get accustomed to the take-your-breath-away coldness of outdoor swimming in the UK but I'm getting better at it. We used to be members of the glorious Henleaze Swimming Lake here in Bristol. Members have to be able to swim 50 metres so we are waiting for the children to be old enough to pass the test before rejoining. On sunny days like these I miss being able to cycle to the lake with a picnic for a spot of swimming and sunbathing.
If you're in Bristol there are are a limited number of membership forms available during opening hours from the lake - the waiting list is currently about 4 years long.