I still love you Newbury Lido, but I have to admit that my head has been turned!
Bath’s tourist office is currently running tours to a hidden gem – Cleveland Pools. This is an outdoor pool that dates back to 1815, but has sat unloved since 1984. A group of passionate locals plan to restore this Georgian gem which will be heated in the summer and then remain open (unheated) through the winter, with a scheduled opening date of Easter 2021.
There are weekly tours taking place every Tuesday morning from the tourist office, and it just so happened that I was lucky enough to be the only person. Undeterred, my amazing guide Sally gave me a personal walking tour through the streets of Bath to the site, sharing her incredible insights and stories along the way. A particular favourite was hearing about the Superintendent of the pool in the 1860s, diving into the pool from 100ft up, wearing a top hat!
If you love swimming, Bath, or even heritage, then I highly recommend this tour. And I’ll see you at the pool in 2021!