UK's First Geothermal Pool Opens And It's Like Iceland's Blue Lagoon
The UK's first geothermal pool has opened in Penzance, Cornwall - and going by these stunning photos, we don't need to save up for that holiday to Iceland's Blue Lagoon anymore!
Art-deco in style, the vast lido uses underground heat to keep the sea water pool at a very swimmable 35°C.
Visitors can relax in the natural salt waters while drinking in panoramic views of the rugged Cornish coastline, including nearby landmark St Michael's Mount.
Sounds pretty dreamy, right?
Tourists have flocked to the spot to enjoy the waters since the original lido - built on the same site - opened in 1935.
The pool - which is the largest sea water lido in the UK - is run for the community, by the community and recently had a recently had a £1.8m upgrade.
Partly funded by the public, the design overhaul saw 1,400 people (970 of whom are local to Penzance) donate £540,000 to the project.
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The BBC reported that the first person to swim at the reopened lido were the family of local swimmer and project supporter Joyce Cooper.
Ms Cooper was an appropriate choice, as she had been at the opening of the popular lido 85 years ago but sadly died before the lido redesign was completed.
The Jubilee Pool website explains that: "The geothermal system operates by extracting warm water from the geothermal well taking heat out of that water using heat pumps and distributing it to the pool via a heat exchanger, before re-injecting the cooler water back into the ground."
"This combined system means that the temperature of the pool can be sustained with a very low carbon footprint. It is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and will act as a showcase for geothermal, low carbon heat supply."
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the lido has a number of health and safety measures in place.
While the normal capacity of the pool is 50 people, under current restrictions the limit will be 15.
Anyone else very tempted to book a staycation to Penzance after looking at these pics?!
Featured Image Credit: Sat & Sea Photography