Is the River Stour safe to swim in?

Can you swim in the River Stour Dorset?

We are back on the River Stour as well, and around White Mill bridge (the oldest bridge in Dorset) is a beautifully tranquil stretch of the river, allowing wild swimmers to travel as far as Eye Bridge. There are plenty of pubs along the stretch as well, offering parking spaces and a place to refuel after a long swim.

Why you shouldn’t swim in rivers?

there may be hidden debris or underwater hazards which can cause injury, including weeds and plants which can entangle people under the water. if it’s polluted it could make you ill. it can be very difficult to get out (especially steep slimy banks) there are no lifeguards on duty.

Where can you swim in the River Stour?


The river offers up not only extreme beauty but also several wild swimming spots, the majority of which are between Dedham and Flatford. A good spot to start swimming in this historic vale is at Fen Bridge near Dedham, a quiet spot with fairly deep water.

How do you know if a river is safe to swim in?

Try throwing a medium-size stick into the water, and tracking its movements before entering the water. “No swimming” signs: This one should go without saying. If there are “no swimming” signs posted near the waterway, don’t enter it!

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How do you know if water is safe to swim in?

The best way to determine if a body of water is safe and the risk of water borne illness is low is to sample the water and check for Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. E. coli is commonly found in the intestines of humans and other mammals.

Can you get sick from swimming in a river?

Swimming while ill can easily contaminate the water – even if you don’t have an accident. Also, lakes and rivers can be contaminated by animal waste, sewage spills, and water runoff following rainfall. If you swallow water that has been contaminated, you may become sick.

Can a river currents pull you under?

Rivers and streams can appear calm on the surface but there may be: Strong undercurrents that can pull under even a strong and experienced swimmer. Strainers (branches that act like a sieve and keeps people/ boats/ gear from passing through) and blockages such as trees, debris, etc.