Description by Kate Rew on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society
The massively popular St Helens picnic place can draw large numbers of people on a hot sunny day, but there's lots of room in the river with sandy beaches, deeper pools, and longer quieter stretches, all within the beautiful Thetford Forest. Roger Deakin started a key section of Waterlog here in 1996.
Description by Cath Saunt who added this swim
Many families come here with their children to paddle. You can swim upstream towards Thetford but it does get a bit "weedy" - fine if you stay horizontal in the water. There is plenty of parking and a picnic site. Sometimes an ice cream van arrives triggering a rush of children from the water!
This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.