River Waveney, Bungay, Suffolk
The Waveney is the best river of Roger Deakin – for the wild swimming movement, featuring two-mile loop around Outney Common. Visitors can start and return from Bungay which is one of Suffolk’s most independent little town, with quirky cafe shops, craft stores and antiques shops with its own river meadows at the bottom of Bridge Street. All of which make up a perfect destination for a picnic and a quick swim. There’s a riverside campsite called Outney Meadow Caravan Park, offers canoe hire. It’s a best place for spotting otters with all you’ll need is to wait until nightfall, heading out under a full moon and embarking on a lunar snorkel safari.
River Lugg, Bodenham, Herefordshire
The Lugg is one of the best idyllic rivers that starts from Wales and flow down to the Welsh Marches through England. At Bodenham you are spoilt with choice of long sandy beaches and river pools. Follow the path from the church and through the bridge to find the beautiful beaches downstream. After that, walk to the village of Hope Under Dinmore, which is a mile to the north from the Marches Way, and take a look at the superb castle and gardens of Hampton Court. For picnic items, the yummy Cheese Dairy is ideal for stuffing all the fat you burned off during your swim.
River Trent, Anchor Church, Ingleby, Derbyshire
The great river Trent, featuring artery of the coalfields and industrial heartlands of the Midlands, is a promising venue. There are plenty of bucolic stretches to explore such as the extraordinary caves of Anchor Church, a mile upstream from Ingleby where the river has crossed a series of rock grottos. Hermits and saints have stayed at this remote place since the sixth century. The swimming, in a quiet lagoon just nearby the river, is safe and it’s an ideal place to discover with children or to shelter from the rain.