Access & legality

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

See also Sixteen reasons why we need UK-wide swimming access in reservoirs

and Swimming in clay and gravel lakes

children in the river with a family sitting on the edge
Children enjoying the water in summer at St Helens

Access and the legality of swimming is discussed on several websites:

Outdoor Swimming Society website, Is it legal?

The legal side and access, on RALSA website

swims and swim places, and related issues