UK Waterside Locations Perfect For Cooling Down This Summer

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The rising temperatures of summer make the water’s edge even more appealing than ever. When the heat really starts to rise, there’s no better place to cool down than by the water, or even in it! Luckily the UK has plenty of destinations by the waterside to choose from when planning your summer holidays in the UK. Between tranquil landsides, sandy beaches and dramatic bays, there are no shortage of waterside locations to cool down in this summer.

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Top Waterside Places To Cool Down In The UK

Waterside places to visit in the UK - Durdle Door

The Lake District

Home to an array of beautiful lakes – as the name suggests – the Lake District is an ideal location for anyone who wants to enjoy a summer by the water. Whether you head to Windermere, Grassmere, Derwentwater or one of the other lakes, there are plenty of opportunities to admire or get out on the water.

Boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming are all great ways to cool down on the lakes this summer. But if you don’t feel up to heading away from the shore, you can always dip your toes in the cool lake waters and enjoy the stunning scenery around you.


The surfing capital of the UK, Cornwall is an obvious destination if you’re seeking out a watery holiday. With literally hundreds of beaches to choose from along the Cornish coastline, there are choices to suit every taste.

Fistral Beach in Newquay is the obvious draw for anyone looking to embrace the county’s vibrant surf culture. But there are plenty of picturesque sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, like Kynance Cove or Godrevy Beach.

The Scottish Highlands

Up in Scotland the temperatures aren’t likely to hit quite the same level as elsewhere in the UK, but that just makes the Highlands an even better choice for those who are looking for a cooler summer holiday.

Loch Ness is most famous for its elusive resident, but it also offers some lovely tranquil waters that visitors can enjoy. Whether it’s a dip in the water or a leisurely boat ride across it, the loch has plenty to offer. Other major lochs like Loch Lomond and Loch Morar are equally stunning settings for some cooling off during the summer months.

The Isle of Wight

Back to the beaches, the Isle of Wight is a seaside destination that shouldn’t be missed. Its microclimate means that the island is typically a little warmer than the mainland during the summer, which makes for a lovely contrast with the cool waters of the English Channel.

Seaside towns like Ventnor offer pretty beaches for visitors to sunbathe on or indulge in some paddling, while rockier shores at Freshwater Bay offer opportunities for snorkelling and surfing.

Waterside holidays in the UK this summer - The Lake District

The Jurassic Coast

If the cliffs themselves are of more interest to you than the water below, then the Jurassic Coast is a great holiday location. This stretch of coastline between Dorset and Devon features a geological display capturing millions of years of history.

Fossil hunting is a popular activity in the area, with the chance to find small fossils along one of the many rocky beaches of the coastline. The cliffs make for an excellent walking trail, with views out over the English Channel and incredible sights like the iconic sea arch at Durdle Door.

The Gower Peninsula

The Welsh coastline shouldn’t be underestimated, with some incredibly beautiful beaches and bays along its length. If you head out from the coast, there’s even the chance to see resident bottlenose dolphins and other aquatic creatures.

But the sweeping sands of Rhossili Bay are a particularly stunning sight and the secluded coves of Three Cliffs Bay offer plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure.

If you’re looking for a holiday destination around the UK where you’ll be able to cool down and make a splash this summer, then any of these places could be the choice for you.

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