Angus McChesney: There are some obstacles and hazards involved in this swim but they are simple to avoid or deal with and once you've got your head round these you're in for a real treat on this swim. I began at high water in the middle of Beaulieu and swam almost all the way to the sea through spectacular scenery beginning in the lovely rural setting of The New Forest and ending up right down near The Solent passing through the famous historic village of Buckler's Hard.
This is a tidal swim and can be attempted in the direction shown only on the ebb tide. I'm sure it is possible the other way around but I just haven't tried it. the further down the river you swim the stronger the current. A support boat is recommended for the part of the swim between Buckler's Hard and Beaulieu River Sailing Club. To successfully reach the BRSC slipway in the current you must keep to the right hand bank after Buckler's Hard. There were significant numbers of jellyfish in the upper reaches of the river when
I swam but don't be put off, they are not stingers.