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A fanastic spot for either a quick dip or a long swim upstream. The Frome is navigable up to the bypass. It is a tidal river so tide times need to be checked as the water levels can drop to less than a metre. If the tide is coming in or slack then it's easy to go upstream, if the tide is coming out then a little harder.

You can swim downstream but getting out points are limited and there is a lot of boat traffic. Upstream is quieter, with mostly canoes/kayaks and small boats due to having to go under the bridge for access.
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  • Added: 30/03/2012

    Head south down North Street to the bridge. To the left, The Old Granary sits behind the small flagstone quay and steps lead down to the water. To the right, a small boathouse hires out rowing and motorboats, it's slipway the best way in to the water. A row of poplars marks the line between town and country, opening out into marshy fields dotted with grazing cattle. Swans scud low overhead and geese form flying Vs. Near the water, crows fight ducks for titbits from those who come to picnic. This is a safe, cleanish stretch of water, chest-height at low tide with a lazy (but still quite strong at times) current. Poole Harbour is only a couple of miles away. Head upstream, to the east of the bridge, for willows and green and proper riverness. Head westward downstream past the grassy banks towards the pretty rushes, and the day cruisers make things hazardous. Only very low boats can cross under the bridge to the safety of the eastern side. A pretty stretch for lazy bathing with ginger beer and strawberries - providing you keep an eye open.

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

    Boats and tides - beware.

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