Description by Outdoor Swimming Society on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society
Emsworth Sea Swimmers meet at Emsworth Harbour for ad hoc swims during the year and regular weekend swims from spring to autumn. For further details, contact Ali Couch via the Emsworth Sea Swimmers Facebook Group.
Description by Ali Couch who added this swim
Emsworth Harbour Beach is a small shingle beach tucked away in the south east corner of Hampshire and part of the Chichester Harbour estuary. The shoreline is a couple of kilometres inland from the Solent therefore it is only possible to swim an hour or two either side of high tide.
The best place to swim is along the path to Thorney Island where there are steps into the sea, a bench for your gear and where, shore-side of the buoys, boats seem not to venture. The Thorney path is accessed by walking the length of Slipper Mill Pond, off Queen Street, onto the shingle public path through Emsworth Marina, in front of the fun 1960s Deck Houses to the shore line, then turn left and walk in front of more Deck Houses; the raised path to Thorney can be seen and runs onwards to the steps.
I like to swim around the nearest moored boats and buoys or alongside the path wall. With thick clumps of seaweed, crabs and fish, snorkelling is great too. I'm usually swimming alone, however, sometimes I'm treated to a fellow swimmer or two, often with their dog in tow!
The other area of Emsworth Harbour Beach is accessed by walking along the wall of the (other more well-known) Mill Pond, to the right of the Emsworth Sailing Club and in front of the houses with long front gardens. There's a picnic bench further along, by Nore Barn Woods, to place your gear.
Keep a look out for sailing and fishing boats, paddle boarders and kayakers. As the tide retreats there is the obvious pull of the sea. Away from the shoreline there are mud flats and walking on them is best avoided otherwise you will get stuck!
This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.