Take a cold dip at Ilkley Lido!

Ilkley Gazette: Take a cold dip at Ilkley Lido! Take a cold dip at Ilkley Lido!

Hardy outdoor swimmers will get their last chance of the year to sample the chilly water of Ilkley Lido in a Christmas dip on Sunday, December 22.

The Friends of Ilkley Lido and Bradford Council set up twice-weekly Winter Swimming Club sessions for the most hardcore outdoor swimmers after the outdoor pool’s summer season ended in September.

The final winter swim for club members takes places this Sunday, but the Denton Road outdoor pool will open one last time in 2013 for a special Christmas Dip, from noon to 2pm, the following Sunday.

But anyone who fancies a refreshing dip is warned to be prepared for water temperatures of around the 5C mark.

Wetsuits with neoprene gloves and socks are strongly recommended for those taking part.

The scene pictured, showing icicles on the slide at the pool, was snapped by the Friends’ membership secretary, Davy Simpson.

The dip is restricted to over-18s only and swimmers are advised to acclimatise themselves to the water and leave the pool if they feel uncomfortable at any time.

Help will also be on hand to warm up afterwards – tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches will be available.

Entry will be £4.30 for non-Winter Swim club members.

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