Fordham, near Downham Market

County Norfolk
River Great Ouse Cut Off Channel
Swim location name Fordham, near Downham Market
Grid reference TL614995
Latitude 52.56976
Longitude 0.380402
Nearest postcode PE38 0LW
Other info Don’t confuse with other Fordhams, eg in Cambs. Take a by road off the A10, an even smaller road off that, then a small track off that road going towards the bridge, with a car park on your left. From the car park walk up to the bridge, turn right through the gate, down to a little structure on the river bank where there is easy access with firm edge, and there are other entry points where you can walk into the water. Can be weedy in summer, and warm, though exposed to the breeze. Can also have nasty green algae bloom (eg July 2019 ) -if so don’t swim here until it has gone!

You can also swim in the river Wissey at Hilgay, or further downstream by taking the bridleway/footpath – see map below

Swim account



gate with sign " No canoeing, no bathing, no swimming"
Entrance gate by the bridge
OS map of the area
map showing Fordham and Hilgay, Cut Off Channel and Wissey



[swim log 792, 901]




swims and swim places