Lincs (S), N.Fens, Rutland swim locations 12-15 July

Read a round up of the July swims

Friday 12 July

11.00 Outwell Location info and map

14.00 South Kyme, R Slea/Kyme Eau [I didn’t swim here]

Swim from the boat moorings, High Street, East end of village


Find all the outdoor pools in The Lido Guide, as well as links below. Some have limited opening times, so check before you go.

15.30 Heckington pool
Heckington on wild swim map
Howell Road, Heckington, Lincs. NG34 9RX

16.30 Metheringham pool
Metheringham on Facebook 
Prince’s Street Metheringham LN4 3BX
01526 888146 Metheringham on wild swim map

18.30 Woodhall Spa Jubilee pool
Woodhall Spa LN10 6QQ
01526 353478

20.30 Anderby Creek


Saturday 13 July

9.00 Skegness / Embassy outdoor pool
Skegness / Embassy outdoor pool on wild swim map
Skegness Pool & Fitness Suite
01754 610675
Grand Parade, Skegness, PE25 2UG

11.00 Activities Away near Lincoln
Activities Away on wild swim map
74a Thorpe Lane, South Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9NW

12.30 secret lake nearby

14.00 Farndon, River Trent on wild swim map
Find the boat slipway right in front of the pub, next to the car park (which has toilets), or walk upstream along the Trent, and there is a very small beach area to get in. There are frequently boat users, including sea scouts and the rowing club, so advice from locals is to wear a tow float for visibility. Also fishermen occasionally, so be aware of lines and other fishing type detritus, so best to wear shoes. The current is quite strong, so swim upstream first, and be aware.


15.30 Billinghay Community Swimming pool
Billinghay pool on wild swim map
Fen road, Billinghay
LN4 4HU Lincoln, Lincolnshire
01526 861383

17.00 Bourne outdoor swimming pool
Abbey Lawns, Abbey Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9EP
01778 422063

Sunday 14 July

8.00 Pode Hole Corner near Spalding. The swim is where two drains meet above the tidal lock. There are some steps cut into bank, but it is steep, and quite awkward to get in, so check you can get out. [I didn’t swim here]


10.00 Dog in a Doublet Location info and map

13.00 Gildenburgh Water Location info and map

15.00 Milton Ferry bridge Location info and map

16.30 Rutland water bathing beach
(official swim times 10.00-18.00, last entry to park 17.00, out by 20.00) Rutland water on wild swim map
Sykes Lane, LE15 8QL


Stamford, west of, River Welland. Drive on  A6121 towards A1, take road down to Tinwell Pumping Station, couple of parking places  – before river and over bridge, walk down to weir. Be aware that it can be busy on summer evenings. You can also walk up or down the river and find other beaches and entry points.


Monday 15 July (morning)

09.30 Stamford, River Welland, on wild swim map. Can be weedy in summer, and entry could be tricky. Walk round to find a suitable point, or further upstream to find other entry points.


Wansford Bridge

Park on the road or in spaces south of the bridge, walk down a small footpath west of the bridge, go in upstream from the platform under the bridge


Three Holes, near Outwell/Nordelph

Park at end of Bardike Rd, or by bridge, and walk down beside Middle Level Main Drain. There are steep banks and reeds etc, but 3 angling steps and platforms on the North side, and 2 on the south.  By the bridge in the village is a mooring with No Swimming signs. You would need some kind of rope or ladder to get back out here.


Rivers Wissey/Great Ouse – Hilgay, Fordham, Ouse Bridge

Park at Fordham and walk across, about 1.5/2 miles. Get in where you can, either under railway bridge, perhaps at mooring, or I used an extraction pipe and there was a little bank. It might be possible to approach and get in from the Ouse Bridge side; I haven’t looked.


Itinerary and other info

Round up of the July swims

[swim log 993-1012]

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