More than 60 swimmers took a dip at sunrise to mark the summer solstice yesterday.

The summer solstice is the point at which the sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight.

And plenty of people were up bright and early taking the plunge at Hinksey Outdoor Lido at 4.30am.

The water was heated to a lovely and warm 24 degrees, however, according to one brave bather, it was pretty chilly outside with the air temperature a mere 11 degrees.

Oxford Mail: Sunrise swim

The crack of dawn dip is an annual tradition that was skipped last year due to Covid.

However, general manager at the pool Charlie Clements reinstated it this year.

There are plenty of rituals and celebrations connected with the summer solstice but the traditional way to celebrate is to visit Stonehenge.

Spiritually, it also marks the day when we're feeling most energetic and revitalised, it's believed.

As these swimmers clearly proved.