My visit to one of the top 10 UK wild swimming spots reported in The Guardian May 10, 2013.
Park at the John Thompson Pub. Post Code: DE 737 HW. Stroll through the hamlet of Ingleby. Follow the bridleway to the top of the hill, walk through the field. Cover up because of the eye high nettles! Enjoy your visit to the ancient church.
Wild swimmers come from miles around, but locals do not swim here. The water is usually almost stagnant, and the pool is full of pike! But there is a good spot nearby.
Walk back to the John Thompson, between the holiday chalets, down the steps, and over the fence. Cross the field turning RIGHT. Take care crossing the bridge! There is no public right of way. Show respect for the countryside. Walk past the fallen tree. The shingle beach is just beyond it. You can enjoy a long swim here. Sometimes the bull comes over, to admire his wives! Wild Swimming is not like pool swimming. It’s quiet and beautiful! But there are no life guards. River Currents can be strong. Don’t swim alone! Visit: http://hungouttodry.co.uk/page3.htm for safety advice. Swim back to the John Thomson, wild swimmers get a warm welcome! http://hungouttodry.co.uk/
Music: Le Moulin by Yann Tiersen 2001, from the film – Amelie