Swanton Morley Mill

Location details for Swanton Morley Mill, my local swimming place

view from above of water surrounded by trees and grass
Swanton Morley Mill pool and picnic field, from bridge
County Norfolk
River Wensum
Swim location name Swanton Morley Mill, known locally as The Falls
Grid reference TG020184
Nearest postcode NR20 4SB
Other info Parking: one or two spaces on bridge, two or three nearby, busy road. Popular in summer, for picnics, swims, dips and kayaking. Rope swing, weirs (beware submerged masonry under waterfall/weir at top of pool – can get trapped/hurt). Possible longer swim upstream and nearby. Useful winter swim place. Allowed by landowner but no fires and don’t leave litter. If you can, please take some away even if not yours. Currently a large tree blocks the entrance for vehicles, not to stop people swimming or picnicking. You can get past it through a gap. You can also get through under the bridge – but beware the surface is VERY slippery so sliding is better than walking, and don’t do it if the river is very fast.

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Swim account First swim at Swanton Morley Mill
Swim accounts Winter swims at Swanton Morley Mill
Swanton Morley 30 April: Norfolk swims for 60thSwanton Morley 4 Oct swim
Wild swim map Swanton Morley Mill on Wild Swim map



Please note: all swims are at our own risk. Including a location does not indicate that it is recommended or that it is safe; each must do their own risk assessment each time they swim or travel to a location. I accept no liability for the choices that people make. There is Swim Safety info on this website, and on Outdoor Swimming Society website, Survive section.

Please follow the Outdoor Swimmers Code, and Outdoor Swimming Society advice on responsible swimming at this time.

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More about Swanton Morley

There are parking places, but some of these are quite small and none are ideal. The road is busy and dangerous, especially at the bridges, so take great care walking to the swimming place.

You might have to walk past a log or get in below the bridge. If you consider walking through under the bridge be aware the surface can be VERY slippery so sliding is better (you can’t do it when in spate).

At the mill pond there is a grassy area for changing. I recommend that you wear shoes that you can keep on for swimming (i.e. not crocs or flip-flops), preferably something with a sturdier sole than swim socks. (I have seen what magnet fishers have brought up from the water!)

It is possible to swim around the mill pool, jump from the rope swing if you wish, and do a short swim upstream from above the weir. Be aware that the waterfall/weir at top of pool is full of big rocks – do not jump into it! And be very careful – you can get trapped/hurt. It’s also possible to swim below the three arch bridge in a small weir pool – you can either cross the road or go under the bridge (with care as very slippery, go down by sliding).

Tree across the water below three arch bridge, be careful not to get trapped against it if water is high.

It is possible to do a longer swim in reliably deep water nearby.

River levels https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/6125

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