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Wild Swimming Spots Near Bristol

With the lucky streak of beautiful weather, it calls for a swim in the great outdoors! Here in Bristol, we are fortunate enough that there are plenty of stunning beauty spots where you can take a dip right on our doorstep! Take a read below at where you can swim in the wild...

As well as being hugely enjoyable, there are a number of health benefits associated with wild swimming including how it soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune system.

If you are planning on heading to one of the places listed below, remember to adhere to social distancing measures at all times.

Clevedon Marine Lake

Clevedon Marine Lake

Location: Clevedon

About: Clevedon Marine Lake is a piece of history in the aquatics world. Today, both Clevedon Marine Lake and Clevedon’s seawaters are a regular training ground for long distance swimmers, and the lake provides a calmer environment for all wild water lovers.

How far from Bristol: 30 minutes by car (15.7 miles) via the A369 and the M5

Address: Clevedon Marine Lake, off Old Church Road, Clevedon BS21 7TU

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King's Sedgemoor Drain

King's Sedgemoor Drain

Location: Somerset

About: King's Sedgemoor Drain is an artificial drainage channel. The name may not sound too appealing, but the sights certainly shadow it immensly! This is a lovely place for a quick dip or even a quick swimming sesh if you prefer the wild waters!

How far from Bristol: 1 hour and 1 minute by car (39.8 miles) via the M5

Address: King's Sedgemoor Drain, Somerset

Henleaze Lake

Henleaze Lake

Location: Henleaze

About: This lake is used for swimming and angling. This especially a haven for wildlife and varying water depths only members and their guests can enjoy this beautiful spot. This members-only outdoor pool is set to reopen in the first week of June, with measures in place to protect staff and visitors. 

How far from Bristol: 16 minutes by car (4.0 miles) via the B4054

Address: Henleaze Lake, Lake Road, Henleaze, Bristol, BS10 5HG

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River Yeo

River Yeo

Location: Yatton

About: A remote location, perfect for a quick escape from the city. With clear water running between steep grassy banks to sunbathe on, this is brilliant for those of you seeking a quick dip form the sun. This remote stretch of the river is just a short cycle ride from the train station and perfect for a weekend jaunt out of Bristol. This is an ideal spot for those of you wanting to take a dip in the great oudoors or even swimming in it!

How far from Bristol: 1 hour and 13 minutes by car (38.5 miles) via the A37

Address: River Yeo, Yatton

Barton Farm

Barton Farm

Location: Bradford On Avon

About: Another popular family spot, this river is suitable for all ages. A shallow side stream, bridges and stones to jump off of and easy access to the water, the wide banks provide a great picture opportunity.However there may be varying depths, so take care when jumping in!

How far from Bristol: 45 minutes by car (28.6 miles) via the A46

Address: Barton Farm Country Park, Pound Lane, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1LF

Saltford Weir

Saltford Weir

Location: Saltford

About: Accessible from Bristol through the bike path, you can enjoy a spot of wild swimming or just a quick dip in the freshing water! You will be greeted by grassy picnic areas, rope swings and small, secluded spots as you soak up the sun.

How far from Bristol: 30-40 minutes by car from Bristol

Address: Mead Lane, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3ER

Warleigh Weir

Warleigh Weir

Location: Claverton

About: One of the most popular sites on the list, an early start is recommended. A large site suitable for swimming, paddling and playing for all the family. With secret spots a short walk down the river, beautiful adjoining fields. Just watch out for those hidden plants in parts of the river.

How far from Bristol: 38 minutes by car (24.4 miles) via the M4 and the A46

Address: Warleigh Weir, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BH

River Frome

River Frome

Location: Tellisford

About: Trees and the hillside provide a scenic setting for this river and weir. A rural location, the site is not as developed as others so just watch out for submerged objects and the changing water depth, but other than that, a beautiful day out.

How far from Bristol: 5 minutes by car (1.0 mile) via the A420 and Pennywell Rd

Address: River Frome, St Jude's, Bristol

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