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In Pictures: Lido lovers get back in the swim as outdoor pools reopen

Several open-water swimming spots were taking bookings.

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Swimmers Nicola Foster and Jessica Walker enjoy the water at Charlton Lido (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Swimmers Nicola Foster and Jessica Walker enjoy the water at Charlton Lido (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Swimmers Nicola Foster and Jessica Walker enjoy the water at Charlton Lido (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Several of England’s outdoor pools were able to reopen on Saturday after the Government further relaxed lockdown measures.

The four bathing spots at London’s Hampstead Heath were open on a pre-booking system, with the capital’s Charlton Lido also welcoming guests back.

The return of sunny skies also saw people swimming and paddle-boarding at Brighton beach, while in Hampshire it was steam that was providing the fun with the reopening of a heritage railway.

Hampstead’s mixed bathing pond attracted a carefully distanced crowd early on Saturday morning.

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At Charlton Lido And Lifestyle Club in Hornfair Park there was the usual lane-swimming, but also time for some fun with inflatables.

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At Brighton, the sea was dotted with paddle-boarders and swimmers.

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Meanwhile in Hampshire, the warmer weather welcomed the reopening of the Mid Hants Railway – also known as the Watercress Line.

The station at Ropley was given a polish as the steam engine was fired up again for the heritage railway.

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