It has its own designated, unsupervised swimming area too and the water is tested regularly to keep it safe for bathers. Police dog Mako befriends a pair of dolphins he spots swimming in a river. The Environment Agency (EA) are warning swimmers over the risks of bathing in the River Thames amid soaring summer temperatures this weekend. You can paddle in the lake at the entrance to this gorgeous park as the water is shallow. Along the River Tillingbourne there are plenty of pubs including The Compass Inn and The William Bray serving home cooked food to warm you up if the weather is nippy. The meadow is a 20-minute walk from Oxford Station. You can park next to the ford but there is really only space for one or two cars. SurreyLive has listed a few favourite spots for paddling in the water, including tranquil streams, shallow lakes and gentle rivers. Expert guidance on a peaceful Surrey river does the trick for our writer Here, the current is usually mild and there are several shallow places to ease yourself in. The meadows can be busy on baking hot weekend days – although with 2km of grassy bank to spread out over there’s usually space for everyone to splash about - so if you like a solitary swim, try coming early in the morning or at sunset. Swimming is not recommended in the river, however, youngsters can paddle in the shallow water. Wild swimming might happen at picnics by the river, summer house parties by the lake or barbecues on the beach are often perfect opportunities for a cheeky dip in the nude. The clear water is very popular with dogs splashing around and there is a sandy area for kids to take their shoes and socks off. Guildford Aquatics Centre is designed to meet the needs of all Surrey residents. 0 shares; Comments. Commune with nature whilst achieving those personal goals, shedding those pounds and meeting like minded people. There is also a large car park on site, but remember to bring your card, as the pay machine does not accept cash. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. The charming village of Tilford sits along the River Wey and it is a popular place to visit, especially in the summer when there are regular cricket matches played on the green. by Fiona Adams. As the ford is over the border in Hampshire, you can make the most of your visit by combining your splash with a lovely stroll along the Basingstoke Canal and a visit to Odiham Castle. There’s a real pleasure in reaching a beautiful slice of nature on the tube. When it comes to swimming, the wild ones head for the Thames. Frensham Ponds Get the feel of the coast right in the heart of Surrey with the lovely sandy beach (yes, really!) Guildford Lido is the home of Guildford’s first sports & conditioning gym - 'The Workshop Gym'. Sort: Recommended. We like Wild Swim, by Kate Rew; Wild Swimming by Daniel Start; and Wild Swimming: Hidden Beaches, also by Daniel Start. Commune with nature whilst achieving those personal goals, shedding those pounds and meeting like minded people. You'll find them at Box Hill, a National Trust site which has lots of walking routes and stunning views over the North Downs. In England and Wales, a “right to roam” law means most lakes and rivers are open to swimming but there are some exceptions so it is important to confirm that you have access before you start swimming. All the swimming pools and leisure centres we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining. 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