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Manchester’s Open Air Swimming Pool And Lido Is An Awesome Way To Spend Your Sunny Day

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I can’t believe this venue has been so close to home for so long and I haven’t been until now.

Salford has its very own Lido and swimming pool – directly in the quays themselves – and it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny Saturday morning while the weather is glorious.

The Lido is across the water from MediaCityUK and close to the Lowry Shopping Centre.

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Before we arrived, I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that we were going to be swimming directly in Salford Quays and that made me slightly nervous.

How wrong I was.

You pay £8 for entry and you must (for safety purposes) hire a brightly coloured swimming cap for a fiver (which takes you back to primary school swimming days).

USwim lets you keep the cap for future visits and there are also wetsuits available for those who don’t want to go in in their cossies.

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I braved it without a wetsuit and we headed off on our swim (in our delightful pink caps) around Salford Quays.

There’s also a cordoned off swimming pool for those who don’t fancy braving the open water (everything is strictly monitored and you’re never left alone to swim) and there are options to swim either 400m or 700m lanes.

What surprised me was that there were people of all ages, shapes and sizes heading out to swim. It had been one of my initial worries about heading to Salford’s Lido, that everyone would be professional swimmers and I’d end up seeming like I was out of my depth – no pun intended.

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But that really wasn’t the case. It was very relaxed and I ended up having one of the best swims I’ve ever had in England (let’s be honest, you can’t really beat a good ole float in the Med).

The water was cool but not unbearable and there was energetic music playing from speakers onshore to keep you going throughout your swim.

The water is clean and quality tested, with rinse showers available and a refreshments stand for after your swim.

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As a lover of swimming, I can’t believe I’ve never tried this before and would highly recommend if you don’t fancy driving all the way to the beach.

There are two sessions that run weekly – Saturdays; 8-10.00am and Wednesdays; 5.30-7.00pm – so while the sun is out and the weather is the best we’ve ever had, get yourself down to our very own Lido and take advantage of Manchester’s summer.

The summer season is open from April until September 27 and you can find out more information on USwim’s website.

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