Best in the South East

Best In Hertfordshire

This summer I swam in a public place and a reservoir to boot
At the latter I was imformal
At the former I wore my suit
I wore my swimming suit.
(Loudon Wainwright III, Swimming Song)

River Lea (nr Waterend)

(It might look good but its only really a ONE TRUNK location)
!!! PHOTO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST !!!

Location

Grid Ref

TL201/139

Features

If you weigh under 5 stone you may be able to float!

Hazards

A bit like having a bath in dirty water when you have knocked plants in all around you. The river flows through Luton!

Date of Last Swim

TBC


Best In Surrey

Frensham Pond (nr Farnham)

(A classic FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

Frensham Great Pond is to be found close to the A287 approximately 5km south of Farnham.

Grid Ref

SU 845/403

Features

WHAT CAN I SAY. Sandy beach, easy access, pleasant surroundings, toilets, nearby drinking water and, and, and, swimming is even allowed……………………………. (Digger died of shock!)

Hazards

Difficult to believe but, too many people!

Date of Last Swim

31st May 2003


River Wey (nr Shalford)

(A classic FOUR TRUNK location)

Location

To the east of Shalford church, c. 1km south of Guildford. Park on the A248 by the bridge over the river and walk north. The spot I went in was c. 200m south of the locks.

Grid Ref

TQ 995/476

Features

Easy access from the eastern bank, grass for sunbathing and even a tree for shade.

Hazards

This stretch of the Wey has been canalised so is quite popular with boats. As the river is quite narrow you need to keep your eyes open.

Date of Last Swim

13th September 2003


Best In West Sussex

This summer I went swimming
This summer I might have drowned
But I held my breath and kicked my feet
And I moved my arms around
I moved my arms around.”
(Loudon Wainwright III, Swimming Song)

River Rother (nr Fittleworth, West Sussex)

Location

Approx 1/2km south of Fittleworth. Park on the verge of the B2138 by the bridge and take the footpath heading eastwards on the south side fo the river.

Grid Ref

TQ 014/181

Features

Relatively easy access if you go in near the bends and good lengths of deep water for swimming.

Hazards

The current is a bit “odd” if you go in near the bridge, but downsteam its fine although there are cows in the field.

Date of Last Swim

4th June 2006