The Outdoor Swimming Society has published this wonderful guide to access to inland beaches, with advice for landowners & managers, and anyone who wants to see more swimming in lakes, rivers, and other inland waters. Read about and download the OSS Guide to Inland Bathing Areas.
I have pulled together the legal issues in more detail, in this Page on Landowner liability and swimmers
Anyone interested in negotiating to improve access, or to protect existing access, or to get advice on this, is welcome to join and discuss in the Inland Access Group – Outdoor Swimming Society group on Facebook, or to contact the OSS Inland Access Officers at inlandaccess[at]outdoorswimmingsociety.com
Access and the legality of swimming is discussed on several websites – which take a variety of lines on the issue:
River Access for All website: Issues related to river access
River and Lake Swimming Association (RALSA): The legal side and access
I’ve written about one aspect of the discussion in this post, Is it only legal to swim in 3% of rivers in England?