Bathing in the Brecks: Outdoor Swimming past, present & future, is outlined in this separate section of the website. We will discover the history and promote safe and environmentally friendly outdoor swimming in Breckland in two NLHF-funded projects, Tales from the River and Healing Waters, part of the The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER). These are due to begin in 2020, as the bid for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has been successful.
Get Involved, Dates
STOP PRESS How exactly we deliver the BFER projects for the next few months is under review because of the Covid-19 situation. We are postponing training sessions due to take place in the next few months, and thinking how we can respond and keep in touch. Ideas welcome.
Meanwhile, we are asking if you have any Outdoor Swimming photos or stories to share
Some recent posts in the Swims section might be of interest during this period, including some resources for swimmers and others when staying at home, to do with swimming, culture, nature. Also updates on the current position on swimming and outdoor exercise, for swimmers and landowners.
The projects are now starting to take shape, with the first dates set in 2020. For the swim history project see – POSTPONED – Tales from the River 2020 dates; and for the outdoor swimming project see – BEING CONSIDERED – Healing Waters 2020 dates.
Tales from the River will involve young people and adults in gathering and celebrating stories and folklore about outdoor swimming and other recreational use of the water in the Breckland rivers and other waters in the past and present.
Healing Waters will involve people in outdoor swimming with training to enjoy the waters safely and with care for the environment, and it will map and consider establishing and publicising suitable places for swimming or for other recreational uses of the rivers.
These 2 linked projects are part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme, which has now succeeded in the bid for funding and will be supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Read about the whole BFER project in detail – download the full report and a map of the area.
Landowners and other participants marked places on the Brecks map where they owned or managed land and where they have swum, at a workshop 11 March 2020 at the start of the Healing Waters project – read about the workshop.
Download a report of the day (Word.doc 4 pages), which also includes more information on workshop organisers and speakers, and a list of resources and guidance.
There is a Facebook group, Outdoor Swimming in Breckland (not part of the projects). (Members of the group swam in and explored many swim spots in the area over a weekend in early October 2019. They liaise with local landowners and help with litterpicking and keeping an eye on swim places.)
@TheBrecksLP is the Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme Twitter account
Contact me if you would like to get updates, to get involved, or have any comments or questions, or contact the The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme for questions on the wider set of projects.
Downloads high res map (8 mb) from The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme website