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Lazy section of the river lea as it runs along the northern edge of Hartham Common before meeting the Lee Navigation (canal) east of Hertford Lock (No.1). Shallow in places but some nice open stretches and current not too strong.
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  • Added: 01/07/2013

    A very lovely spot, and lots of paths for pleasant walking nearby as well. Popular with dog walkers, joggers, etc. The swim is in the river Beane (tributary of the River Lea) There is a small beach that is shallow, but then it is quite deep in the bend in the river, out of my depth. You could probably swim some distance, up to the River Lea. I did it in a kayak, and it looked clean. Quite handy to get to, short walk from limited parking spaces near the church, not far to walk from Hertford East station.

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  • Added: 23/09/2013

    Went on Sunday 22nd September 2013. Parking plentyful outside St Leonards Church. A short 5 minute walk to the obvious entry point, just before the bridge. Enough deep water to get a sprint on. Lots of passers by. A great changing spot just after the bridge, on the same bank as you enter. Highly recommended.

  • Added: 08/04/2014


    Film of this location taken on 6th April 2014.

  • Added: 27/07/2014

    Swam July 2014. Accessed via small beach from Hartham Common west side, 500m from church. Swam 400m downstream.

    Narrow, shallow and reedy in places! Current a little stronger than appeared.

  • Added: 23/06/2017

    Clearly a well known local spot, popular but not overcrowded. I parked at St Leonard's church and walked down to the river.

    Water was clean and you can swim left along the meandering river which comes out into a larger area. Swimming right has more reeds and low hanging tree branches but both were equally pleasant.

  • Added: 24/06/2018

    Parked at st leonards church walked down. Walk past the side church gate and down a road which looks private and turn left. Swam a bit further on than the others on this sight. Turn left after crossing the bridge and walk past where the river is split in two. Just after the river becomes wider there is a place to swim. The bank looks steep but is very easy to get in and out. Muddy under foot but lovely once in. Reedy in the middle but swim right or left and you can avoid. Quite strong flowing. Beautiful clean water

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    Be careful of the reeds and a fairly strong current. Not too bad nothing a fairly good swimmer can handle.

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