What to Expect from our Wild Swimming Holiday along the Thames
Iconic Cotswolds Swims With Like-Minded People
Discover the joys of river gliding, lake swimming, swooshing and splashing, on our exploration of swimming in the wonderful Cotswolds and along the Thames River. The young Thames is a peaceful flowing river that bends and twists through the Cotswolds and ideal for swimming. Glide alongside a grey heron and paddle straight to your beautiful meadow picnic lunch or pint in a riverside pub! We have created the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation, immersing guests in some of the most iconic swims in the English countryside.
Swims for all - from the 'dippers' to the distance warriors
Our Cotswolds swimming holiday is for all types of swimmers and are planned with different options every day to ensure there is enough for all levels of swimmer. Our guides provide motivation, good cheer and full safety support on all swims, ensuring each guest can swim as much or as little as they like, for safety and enjoyment we suggest swimmers can swim 400m as a minimum.
We know there is nothing more reviving and refreshing than swimming and dipping in the hidden swimming spots, rivers and lakes throughout the Cotswolds, with two or more swims planned each day and beautiful short walks along the riverside, we’ll take you on a journey along the young Thames like no other in a magical week-long journey that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Thames River Swimming Photos
Thames Wild Swimming Weekend Itinerary
Day 1Lechlade, Tadpole Bridge and Kelmscott river swimming
Arriving into Swindon / Lechlade at 11am, we’ll meet you and take the short transfer to the Thames at Lechlade for an introductory swim. Other options on this day (in case of poor weather) involve an introductory swim in Lake 86 in the Cotswolds Water Park for some open water swimming in the glorious inland Lakes. Lunching in Lechlade we journey by foot and by water from Kelmscott to Radcot and onto Tadpole Bridge – all wild swimming gems making for a glorious afternoon meandering downstream.
Day 2Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve swim and picnic along the young Thames
We head out for a refreshing early morning dip before breakfast – the best way to brush away the cobwebs! In the morning we’ll walk from Tadpole Bridge through Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve towards our picnic lunch at our favourite swim spot along this section of the river.
Day 3Wytham Woods, Port Meadow and Oxford
Taking a short transfer to just North of Oxford, we walk from the pretty village of Eynsham to Wytham Woods, picnicking on the banks of the river near Kings Lock. From here we swim along Port Meadow for as far as you wish to swim towards the City of Oxford – you wouldn’t guess that we were on the outskirts of the city! The tour ends in a Port Meadow pub where we change and transfer to the station for farewells and ongoing travel.
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With easy rail / bus and car journeys from London, Bristol or the Midlands, arrive to the start of your trip ready to go! We’ll start your holiday straight from picking you up – so just bring yourself, some sturdy walking shoes and a sense of adventure – we’ll cover everything else.
Fully Guided, Hassle Free Swimming Adventures
Led by our outstanding qualified swimming guides, we know every bend in the river, local pub, picnic spot, quiet lake and hidden swimming locations!
We take care of everything for you, with your accommodation pre-booked, all transfers between swims in our own vehicles, you’ll not need to worry about your luggage transfers, lunch and dinner bookings as it will all have been taken care of for you. All you need to do is relax, immerse yourself in the journey ahead and enjoy.
Swimmers are wonderful people – fact. Our guests are “the salt of the earth”, fun and supportive, groups become like family and often enjoy each others company so much they come back again – altogether!
Meet and Greet Location
Swindon Station / Lechlade
Handpicked 3* Hotels and B&Bs
All Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 2 Picnic Lunch
2 Nights Accommodation
Professional Tour Leader / Guide
Shore and On-Water Safety Support for all Swims
Transport and Transfers Throughout
All swims, walks and alternative options
Wetsuits - Strongly Recommended But Not Essential
Gratuity for Guide / Tour Leader
What is the best way to get to Cotswolds?
The best way out of London and other major cities into the heart of the Cotswolds is by train. The direct journey from London Paddington to Swindon is only 50 minutes. We start our tours straight away so come in your walking clothes, ready to walk to your first swim of the weekend! You may also drive, using the station parking in Swindon.
Can I join this Swimming Holiday on my own, as a single traveller?
Absolutely! We bring like-minded people together on these trips, to enjoy a group atmosphere, get stuck into some great activities, water sports, hikes and to share a well-deserved meal with at the end of each day.
Do I need to be a good swimmer to go wild swimming?
We require guests to be competent swimmers. All guests must be able to swim 400m unsupported before joining this tour. If you would like to chat to one of our team about your particular trip, fitness and activity levels and what is involved in coming on one of our tours, please get in touch and we would be happy to help
What do I need to bring on this Thames swimming holiday?
For all our tours we will send out kit lists in plenty of time before your tour. We provide tow-floats for each guest and ask that they bring their own wetsuit and swimwear. Guests will also need to bring suitable walking clothes and it is especially important to have sturdy footwear with good grip (walking boots are best). Many of the coves and lakes we access are across rough and steep terrain and it is vital to have good grip and ankle support for this tour. Indoor trainers are not suitable.