It's a bit of a mission to get away for a sea swim but around landlocked Oxford there are plenty of fine outdoor swimming spots. The most remarkable one is a ten minute walk away from the train station and is shown in the first picture below - Port Meadow at sunset - on a sunny day plenty of people are found swimming in the river here. The second picture is also in Oxford where the river goes through the centre of the city. It's a former Victorian swimming pool - on a tributary of the main river. A largely forgotten about place which, if I'm honest is a bit manky but is undoubtedly full of character and pulls a few groups in for picnics, BBQ's and on a quiet evening skinny dipping. There are a few similar places up and down the Thames tucked away which are left to develop a character all of their own.