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The Cam runs past the end of Shelford recreation ground, where the bylaws require 'proper swimming dress' to be worn and give away its heritage as the training pool of the village children in decades past.

There is a wooden piled bank, with easy entry to the river which has a gravel bed and is plenty deep enough to swim, but is prone to lillies and weed in the summer. The publicly accessible riverbank is about 200m long.

Tea and cakes are available at the bakers over the road, although don't expect much in to Saturday afternoon or on a Sunday. Park at the village hall car park.

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  • Added: 05/08/2013

    I just wanted to add that historically there was an official bathing platform here that in recent years has fallen into disrepair, but some of us are thinking of raising funds to get it reinstated.

  • Added: 04/10/2013

    Lovely spot, at the bottom of the Recreation Ground, which is behind the village hall. Very clear water, and some space between the waterlilies. The map has put the arrow in the wrong place. The Deli across the road has divine cakes and lots more

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