OS Brecks

Bathing in the Brecks: Outdoor Swimming past, present & future – we will discover the history and promote safe and environmentally friendly outdoor swimming in Breckland in two projects, Tales from the River and Healing Waters. These will begin in 2020, now that the bid for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has been successful.

river with chalk beach, clouds
River Little Ouse

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.

Read about the Tales from the River project in more detail.

Read more about how youth groups can get involved in the Tales from the River project in the brief for organisers

Healing Waters will engage people in outdoor swimming and other watery activities 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.

Read about the Healing Waters project in more detail

These 2 linked projects are part of Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Project which has now succeeded in the bid for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Read about the whole project in detail – download the full report and a map of the area.

See display panels about the projects and a map with a snapshot of where people go for recreation, from the conference March 2019

See how you can get involved

Logo with stylised river and pines

There is also a Facebook page: Bathing in the Brecks: Outdoor Swimming past, present & future, and a Facebook group, Outdoor Swimming in Breckland. (Members of the group recently swam in and explored many swim spots in the area, over a weekend in early October.)

@TheBrecksLP is the Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Project Twitter account

Contact me if you would like to get updates, to get involved, or have any comments or questions

swims and swim places