Escaping a swimming pool can be a wonderful experience. Without the crowds or the smell of chlorine, it is a completely different experience.
It is freer and more invigorating swimming in the more natural setting of a lake or river. And it offers the opportunity to experience these places in a completely different way.
Fortunately, Sussex is blessed with many stunning outdoor swimming locations.
In addition to open water swimming at the reservoirs mentioned above, there are lots of place in Sussex where you can enjoy swimming outdoors.
The most obvious and most popular place to swim open water is the sea… and we’ve got plenty of that on the South Coast. There’s nothing more invigorating with an early morning dip in the sea.
Our favourite sea swimming location is, of course, West Wittering. It goes without saying that you just be prepared for plenty of waiting in traffic on the way there - as everyone else thinks the same!
Wild swimming locations
There are a number of well-known wild swimming locations in Sussex that many have used before.
Barcombe Mills - The section of the River Ouse around Barcombe Mills is a well-used section for swimmers and also a perfect picnic spot. The nearby Anchor Inn pub also offers boats for hire. As with much of Sussex's rivers, the water quality isn’t great so avoid drinking.
Cuckmere - There are plenty of wild swimming options at Cuckmere from the wide, shallow meanders (watch out for weeds) to sea swimming at Cuckmere Haven. Also, this is perfect to combine with a walk.
Midhurst - A popular wild swimming spot is here on the banks of the River Rother, again perfect for picnics and families, too.
For more suggestions and wild swimming advice, check out this Sussex Live feature.