Chilbolton Cow Common

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Ancient rural common bounded by two arms of the Test. Two shallow pools by footbridge, white gravel, very clear and clean. Popular with children. Cold, about 15ᄐC all year round.

Place Categories: River Swims and Wild Swim.Place Tags: paddle and wildswimming.

Anonymous says:

This spot was good and busy on a really hot weekend.

It is ideal for families as the water is mainly shallow and there are many minnows which can clearly be seen as all is crystal clear.

We were looking for a deeper patch so as to have a proper swim but these are hard to find. We enjoyed walking along the stream bed, shoes make this much easier, and did find a little pool downstream just before it became private. current is enough to be on a ‘swimming machine’ with no apparent forward motion.

If you walk across the common’s path there is a series of wooden bridges which are fun to explore around as different streams join together. This is all clearly marked private but on a hot day close to the bridges it seemed to be ok.

Altogether a beautiful spot perfect for extensive paddling based adventuring.

rose says:

i got viles disease from swimming here so do NOT go in with a cut or open wound/sore anywhere on your body! otherwise i still go but i was very very ill from it

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