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  • Anywhere good in Hertfordshire?

  • Developers still do it frequently

  • Tonight's location outside Amsterdam. Het Twiske.

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  • I'm planning on swimming here tomorrow, it's shallow in places, and is pretty overgrown, lots of fallen trees and banks of gravel.
    About as close to a wild river as I can find within a walk from my house.
    I'll swim downstream about a mile I guess, with the dogs running along the bank.
    I've been mulling it over in my head for a long time, and if it's a nice swim I'll set up a group of mates to join me one sunny day.
    (using "what three words" the start spot is barks.sits.joins. !!)

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  • Rickmansworth Lakes is north-ish. Haven't been there yet but Hartham Common is meant to be nice. That's near Hetford. The wild swimming guide app is pretty good for locations.

  • What app is that?

  • Ah it's called Wild Swimming Britain but it's the app from the Wild Guides series of books. It's not amazing for London but gave me dozens of gems for the SW. Wish there were more spots in easy riding distance from central London. Sometimes I just can't be bothered to do 60km for a swim hahaha.

  • Ah perfect. I'd already bought a few of their books for Devon and Scotland... seems like they have a lot of apps with different numbers of locations. Kinda weird, they should just make one with all of them, but they appear to be curated by different authors so oh well.

  • I find the idea of Hartham common as a nice wild swimming spot weird, I grew up round there and Hartham was where we went to smoke joints and drink 20/20 when we were teenagers... Don't recall the water looking lovely but have almost definitely jumped in some parts of it at some point and lived to tell the tale.

  • Agree, it's a bit of a mess and mildly irritating to have to buy multiple things. Feel free to message me for future Devon tips! (South Hams, Dartmoor and East Cornwall too)

  • Ha, oh god. A friend wants to go there tomorrow! One man's treasure, etc...

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Wild swimming spots

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