I have lived alongside the river Severn all my life, yet only swam in it this year at the age of 35. I mean I did fall in it when i was about 7 trying to catch tadpoles but I’m not sure that counts.
Truth is, I didn’t really realise you could swim in it. I had always had in in my head that it was to be admired. Definitely not to swim in. Yet as the years go by and I saw fishermen stood dressed in waders, canoes going down the shimmering water and more recently stand-up paddle boards exploring what the river has to offer, I became curious.
I joined several wild swimming groups, and found that yes, it can be swam in, safely and with great enjoyment, there are entry and exits points and it can be an amazing experience, just as always make sure you are confident with your surroundings before you get into the water.
There is also an entry point upstream that looks more used for canoes and kayaks but the beach area is the opposite side of the river form this.
My husband went for an operation at Oswestry this week, so whilst I was over that way I decided to go and inspect the River Severn at Atcham. I had seen several posts and write up’s about swimming near the magnificent bridges and so I took my swimming stuff in the boot and ambled down.
The entry points it a very short walk down from the car and access via a river beach, very stoney, but lots of room. It was a glorious day, which of course always makes things easier! There is also an entry point upstream that looks more used for canoes and kayaks but the beach area is the opposite side of the river form this.
There was a very shallow pool area just off the river where it would be great for the kids to enjoy, so I will definitely be bringing them at some point, but on this day i walked down into the water and it was heavenly. The water gets deep quite fast, but you can also feel where the current it stronger than other areas so can you have a little float down or swim against the current if suitable that day.
There are kingfishers and other wildlife around here, such a peaceful area, especially with the beach to sit back and have a well-earned coffee afterwards whilst warming up.
Water shoes are a must and i also took my tow float.
There is a large overhanging tree that backs onto the beach, which is handy for keeping your items safe, i wish id taken a small fold up chair as it really is a fab little spot. take a little camping stove and you would be well away.
I park down from the Mytton & Mermaid pub. there is a layby which is near a little path down to the river. There in about one minute!
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