Take a wild dip – UK & Malta

Take a wild dip – UK & Malta

A wild swim can be incredibly romantic – if you just know where to look

Remember that scene in Cocktail? Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue frolicking in an idyllic, jungly cascade? Sadly, gorgeous as Jamaica's Dunn's River Falls is, it's also well and truly discovered - you're unlikely to find alone time there. But a wild swim can be incredibly romantic - if you just know where to look.

"Research from NASA suggests that wild swimming elevates mood, energy and even libido," says Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming(www.wildswimming.co.uk).

"And ever since Wordsworth moved there in the 18th century, the Lake District has been a mecca for skinny-dipping poets and romantic writers. Langstrath Beck, also known as the Fairy Glen, offers a string of emerald waterfalls, some are shaded by ancient oaks while others have rocks on which you can bask in the sunshine; Galleny Force, a short walk on, has lovely shallow pools. While you're here, stay at the lovely Langstrath Country Inn (www.thelangstrath.com)." 

For something warmer, Daniel recommends Gozo, off Malta: "The smell of sweet eucalyptus, cliffs rising up, the shimmer of the Med - Wied il-Ghasri, on the wild and beautiful north coast, is my favourite place in the world to escape and swim. It's just a short boat ride from Malta, but the pace of life is even more laidback. And even in October the water is still warm." Perfect for an autumn honeymoon.

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