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Description by Outdoor Swimming Society on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society

The last river swimming club in England was visited by Roger Deakin for Waterlog and was one of a number of West Country stop offs for Joe Minihane on his recreation of Roger’s route for Floating: A Life Regained.

Description by Jason Schreiber who added this swim

The last remaining river swimming in the country. Founded in 1933, it averages 2000 members and provides idyllic swimming in the river Frome, sunbathing in a dedicated meadow, and chatting while sitting on the weir with other swimmers. Afterwards, try a cream tea at the local farm. It's run by Rob Fryer, from RALSA, and the farmer Peter Bryant

You have to become a member to swim here for insurance purposes. See website below for more details

This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

None as long as you stay above the small weir to the east.

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  • Added: 18/06/2015

    There used to be hundreds of river swimming club up and down the country - and the OSS hopes that some day soon, they'll start to regenerate - but now there are just two, this one, and Nuneham Riverbank Club on the Cam in Cambridge.

    Farleigh, on the River Frome, is a delight: it's a lovely gentle river, and there's a carparking field, and then a sunbathing field, with rope swings and jumps into the water. There's a weir for small children to wade from, and about 100m stretch between billowy banks to swim. Kingfishers, mayflies, mating damselflies, giant shags on floating branches... there is often plenty of wildlife to enjoy.

    The club charges about £12 for annual membership £25 per family, or £2 per swim adult and £1 per swim child, and considers itself (and the gate) open and shut with the weather and season rather than any particular date. Members can, however, swim at any time.

    There is camping and cream teas at Stowford Manor Farm, which hosts the club.

    http://www.stowfordmanorfarm.co.uk/swimming.php read less

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    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

  • Added: 20/08/2017

    We stayed at the campsite and enjoyed swimming in the river will return soon. Water is clean and it is buzzing with people on a hot day but still plenty of room to swim.

  • Added: 27/05/2019

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