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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!
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Swimmer descriptions

  • Added: 24/10/2015

    The river has been changed in the last couple of years, with more beaches and riffles (shallow fast bits) and deep pools, and this has improved it for swimmers as well as the environment. There seems to be less weed this year, and although water has been low there is enough to swim in. Don't assume it is like a deep river, though, as you might bump the bottom at times. Not deep enough to jump, mostly. Deeper further upstream or downstream from the picnic site.

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

    Not a big problem,but if swimming downstream watch out for the under water posts and logs that form the riffles at intervals. Not all have a beach next to them.

  • Added: 20/10/2016

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

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