The river a tributary of the thames hello gcse geography moves at a slow pace and offers shallow waters and relatively safe open swimming. There are also swims in.
The main swim is in frensham great pond which looks like a natural lake but in fact is artificial dug out in the middle ages as a fishpond for the bishop of winchester.
River wey surrey swimming. There are sandy beaches and banks where the north downs way crosses the river just south of guildford. Below the ford and upstream from the bridge there s a deeper area that affords better submersion for the more serious swimmer. Guided swims on the river wey the wey wiggle with the dip advisor last around 90 minutes and include refreshments.
Henley itself may be better know for rowing but remains a popular swimming destination further east you can get in the water near hurley lock and marlow lock. Known as the henley classic the now annual swim was inspired by two ex rowers tom kean and jeremy laming who in 2004 swam the regatta course one morning at first light. An inquest at woking coroner s court on monday may 20 heard that the 25 year old tree surgeon had been swimming on a hot summers day when thick weeds were growing in the water.
I want to return to this stretch of the river and swim it all the way along. The slow moving waters and shallow sandy banks of the wey make this pretty river ideal for families keen to escape the heat with a day of paddling. The 2 1km upstream swim takes place at dawn and sees around 100 swimmers take on the henley regatta rowing course.
Upstream some deeper waters are marked with lifebouys. It s england s most wooded county and sports some excellent wild swimming along the river wey. On hot summer days it can seem like little has changed since edwardian times when rupert brooke was a.
The most popular spots are around guildford with a sandy beach well suited to swimmers. 20 of britain s best wild swimming spots. River wey tilford surrey set by a quintessential village green in tilford is a ford and a shallow section of river that s ripe for paddling.
Indeed the henley to marlow stretch forms the thames marathon a 14km jaunt down river that challenges the strongest of swimmers.