By The Sea, By The Sea, By The Cornwall Sea
Last one in's a rotten egg! We're finding the best places in the world to stick our toes in this summer (or next winter) for our World's Coolest Pools map. Know of any pools we must check out? Let us know.
Further proof nature has a sense of humor? A natural outcrop of rocks provided the inspiration for city officials in Bude, a popular Victorian seaside destination, to lay in the groundwork for one of England's rapidly disappearing "sea baths."
Before chlorine ruled the pool world, swimmers looking for a space more placid than the open ocean turned to natural pools along the coast of Cornwall to bathe -- same seawater, no undertow. Many of these sea baths have since been closed, but Bude's remains thanks to a small but dedicated cadres of locals who fought to keep the pools open (albeit with municipal lifeguards) after a 2005 study deemed them unsafe.
Because these are natural pools, the water is more cloudy than your average backyard oasis, so diving is not as fun -- and the sea water will keep you afloat more often than not. On the bright side, it'll give you a chance to break out that vintage-1910 bathing costume you found at Salvo's last weekend.
· Caught in a turn of the tide [Independent]
· Bude Sea Pool having its daily refill [Bude-Cornwall.com]
· Cornwall coverage [Jaunted]