Description by Outdoor Swimming Society on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society
Swan Pool in West Bromwich, Birmingham, is a large body of water in Sandwell Valley Park, an oasis of green in the middle of the West Midlands urban conurbation.The pool had been used for wild swimming for many years, but Sandwell Council installed signs prohibiting swimming for what they deemed to be safety reasons. In 2014 a local
group of people who had been regularly swimming there, for both recreational and completion competition training, campaigned with the help of a local councillor and the OSS Inland Access Group, to remove the swimming ban.They were successful, and in 2015 the council removed the ban and installed wild swimming safety signage. It is now a very popular wild swimming venue.
Description by Jonathan Spector who added this swim
Turn off A41 Holyhead Road just before WBA football stadium up Park Lane for 1 mile. Clearly signposted. Free Car parking. Site owned and well maintained by Sandwell Council; a good path runs right around the lake - just choose your spot to jump in! Water was bath temp this week (July 13 heatwave!)