Swimming in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

…the Broads can be a wild and dangerous place…that’s part of its attraction. But like other wild and dangerous things, it’s best to treat it with a bit of respect.
(Broads Authority leaflet (download), Go Safely!)

You should always treat open water with respect and take responsibility for your own safety. Learn how to assess the risks and enjoy the water safely. New advice on outdoor swimming on the Broads Authority website. Swimming in the Broads National Park in some places and at some times is less safe, for example avoid areas busy with boats. You can download maps showing depths and navigation notes for rivers from the Broads Authority website.

wide calm river with cloudy sky
River Ant/Dilham Canal

The Broads Authority has updated  advice on its website about outdoor swimming, and while it strongly advises against swimming it does recognise the benefits and gives useful advice and links to more detailed advice on doing so safely. There’s a report on the change on the Outdoor Swimming Society website.

See my general advice on swim safety, and on swimming in tidal rivers, and download advice:

Getting started in open water outdoor swimming (download, Word.doc, 4 pages)

And download a note: Places to Swim in the Norfolk Broads (download, Word.doc, 2 pages)

The area covered by the Broads Authority is shown on the map on the ‘About us Who we are’ page on their website

swims and swim places