The Old Swimming Place

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A large lawn for sunbathing and picnicking, and a gentle curve in the River Avon for swimming. This is where many older Stratfordians remember learning to swim.

Watch out for boats! It can get very busy with rowers, tourist cruisers, and hired motorboats.

Here the Avon is upstream of the town, shallow and clean. There’s a little beach to get in and out easily (walk just a little way to the right). The river-bed is smooth mud, with a few reeds. Gentle current. It’s shallow, you can stand waist or chest deep all the way across.

There’s a large car park. Look for the sign off the Warwick Road. Some locals call it the ‘Fishermen’s Car Park’.

Highly recommended.

Place Categories: River Swims and Wild Swim.

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