Bac Lava: Three miles of meandering, gentle waters, this is a beautiful stretch of rural river near the source of the River Hull.
Starting at North Frodingham , we leap in at the wharf and are gliding along, thrilled with the clarity of the water, the fish and some surprised cattle. There is no turning back now as the only way out is our destination; Bethel's Bridge.
Surging on, the river gradually widens as we join the Hull River proper from our tributary. The only landmark we pass is a metal bridge (excellent to leap from) and we are only just overhauled by a cruiser; we laugh with some fishermen and eventually haul ourselves out at Bethel's Bridge as the swans flex their wings a few yards away on the other side of the bridge, daring us to swim under it.
Nearby Brandsburton provides us with an excellent fish & chips - the perfect end to a great, after-work swim. It is also possible to swim downstream from Bethel's Bridge to Baswick Landing another two miles. Swim Distance: 3 miles in an hour (with current).
Swans in summer, with some river boats and the odd fisherman.
Vikki Byron: A lovely peaceful swim, it is colder than lakes so take extra care. The only company we had was a few cows grazing near the side of the river.
It is weedy in places.