20 Places You Should Never Ever Swim

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The Strid, England

Quintessentially-English, the River Wharfe tempts those keen to cool off on a hot summer’s day. It’s a scenic spot, with its tree-lined banks and moss-covered rocks. But don’t be fooled. This Yorkshire paradise is a perilous place, where countless people have perished.

Local legend has it that no-one who has set foot in the waters here has lived to tell the tale. There are warning signs all around, yet still the curious come. The Strid is the most dangerous section. The river here narrows dramatically, but whilst all appears calm on the surface, deep and powerful currents rage below, dragging those foolish enough to venture in down to the underwater voids that have claimed so many lives.

The hollowed out rocks here can trap swimmers, with fatal consequences, the water deep and cold, and the forces immense. Take our advice on this one: don’t be fooled and don’t even think about swimming here.