Description by Outdoor Swimming Society on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society
This lazy river was the site of one of Roger Deakin’s languid dips for Waterlog and revisited by Joe Minihane for his book about Deakin’s swims, Floating: A Life Regained.
Description by Jason Schreiber who added this swim
The Cam is lazy river meandering through meadows just upstream of Cambridge. There are many points of entry between Grantchester and Cambridge, where swimmers and punts pirouette around each other.
If you are a competent swimmer you might well find it easy to beat a novice punter going upstream. A great challenge is to swim the whole meadow, which takes about 40 minutes downstream at a steady pace. A little planning - or a helpful non-swimmer - is required to ensure that towel and clothes are not strewn in too many places along the river bank.
If it gets too cold then it is easy to get out part way down. Swim early or late in the day as there is plenty of wildlife to be seen including herons, kingfishers and frogs.
This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.