Philip Taylor: An out-and-back-swim in a wide river ideal for triathlon training as it can be used for distance (up to 5k). I often swim with my dog.
The local rowing club are on the river early in the morning.
Mark Lange: The EA's 'in your backyard' map shows 'fail' for chemical quality, and 'moderate' for ecological quality, but it doesn't say how this relates to swimming safety.
The canoe club have used this stretch as their main base for years, with people in the water regularly, as do local recreational swimmers, but neither will be in the water for particularly long.
As well as kayaking and 'inadvertent' swimming most weeks, I've swum 3 days in a row and am not ill yet :)
NB rowers often use the river in the evenings too.
Dawn Gillon: The River Lune is an unspoilt quiet location with picturesque surroundings. It can be quite fast flowing during the winter months, so you need to choose your spot carefully. It is absolutely beautiful place to swim and quite solitary...apart from the odd cow or sheep watching over you
You do need to know the good areas and the bad it can be a very dangerous place to swim....i grew up swimming in this river, so know the places to avoid