Bac Lava: Reportedly the favoured skinny-dipping haunt of the poet Lord Byron and later the likes of Rupert Brooke and Virginia Woolf, this is the confluence of the Granta (or Cam) and the Rhee (or Cam); the point at which debate about the name ends and the Cam really begins.
Byron's pool is in a local nature reserve with a small car park and picnic tables. Swimming is dangerous on the weir but entry is possible from earth banks a little way downstream or at the far upstream end of the reserve.
A bit prone to midges and rather too public nowadays for skinny dipping, although it is said that some arty types still follow in Byron's wake to strip and dip in the moonlight.
Julie Longland: parked up in the charity car park near the bridge and the pond that shows on the map, decided i couldnt go under the bridge on my own as there is a small weir and couldnt seeaccess to the river fromt he other side of the bridge, time was short so maybe an exploration day might be in order. so I swam down stream towards grantchester meadows, a bit shallow at the start but soon was deepenough for full stroke. lots of punts but all really good. Banks were busy so I was most peoples entertainment for the day :)
traffic on river, weir next to pool, shallow in 'pool' area