Colber Bridge

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An open stretch of the Stour with grassy fields by elegant white wrought-iron Colber Bridge. A little weedy and slow, but clean and deep. Long swims. Just upstream from overgrown ‘Bather’s Island’.

Place Categories: River Swims and Wild Swim.Place Tags: dive, swim and wildswimming.

Jane Lloyd says:

This is my favourite river swim this year and I went back several times as it’s local to me. The best entry/exit is over the bridge turn right and walk up to the ruins of the railway bridge, the shallows are on the upstream side of the ruin.
Swim upstream and leave the world behind. I saw lots of birds including a kingfisher and the demoiselle damselflies flitted around the water plants.
Happy to swim here with others any time of the year

Clive says:

I managed to park on The Row and the quick walk down the hill was a doddle. Only me the dragonflies and the swans, so a little nervy getting in. But it was fresh, still and deep. I enjoyed a swim down river and then back up past the bridge – for stillness and mystery of what’s below, it’s an outstanding swim.

Would be dreamy to investigate the up and down river with an inner-tube or two and friends. Or a crisp and still morning would be bliss, such a peaceful spot.

Iain says:

I take the view a good approach walk makes for a good swim. This is good stroll down a country lane. A picturesque setting (but not from every angle). I found the obvious entrance/exit muddy and a bit tricky but once you it is a great swim (there were cattle in the adjacent field). It is slow and mellow and you’re in with the damselflies and water lilies. You could swim a long way upstream and then drift back. For a “surf and turf” go straight from here to to Durdle Door (or Man’O War cove to the east). you’ll never use a pool again (in the summer)

Flora says:

We had a lovely swim here last week, with 2 six year olds in tow (literally).
We were chased out of the water by an agressive grass snake swimming towards us with its tongue flickering. We would love to know more about the drift down to Durdle Door – sounds amazing!

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