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This event is part of the Brecks Outdoor Festival

Swim Walk THETFORD: Walking and Dipping for Adults and 13+

Swim walks is a way to combine short walks and short dips in a river, so experiencing the environment from a new perspective. It is open to those aged 13 and above who are new to outdoor swimming or experienced, as we will include safety info in advance and on the day and have lifeguard cover.

September 22, 2024
10.30 - 13.00
THETFORD
Fully Funded
Café
Toilets
Car Park

Swim Walk THETFORD: Walking and Dipping for Adults and 13+

Swim walks is a way to combine short walks and short dips in a river, to experience the environment from a new perspective – literally immersing ourselves in the river and landscape. Event open to those aged 13 and above who are new to outdoor swimming or experienced. We will include safety info in advance and on the day and have lifeguard cover.

This organised swim walk will give people a chance to do two outdoor activities and enjoy the benefits of each and the beauty of the area, and pick up some safety information – given in advance and on the day. Participants will do two short swims at specific locations on this short walk (and it’s up to you if you want to join in all swims). Two lifeguards will provide cover at the swim. Walking before and after a swim is the best way to be warm before you go in and to warm up afterwards. The walk will be guided with some information about the long history of river recreation in the Little Ouse and an interactive safety briefing at the stops where we swim. It is open to adults and 13+, with or without previous river dipping experience. If you have any questions about accessibility please get in touch.

We will be providing information on safety to those who are booked in advance of the event.

This walk is part of the Brecks Outdoor Festival September 2024. To find out more about the festival visit brecks.org/events

The walk will be led by Imogen Radford and other project volunteers, accompanied by two lifeguards.

Imogen is the project lead for Tales from the River, a BFER project uncovering a wide range of local stories about the Brecks Fen Edge and rivers including oral histories, myths and legends. Find out more on the BFER website project page.

Read more about Swim Walks on Imogen’s website, www.imogensriverswims.co.uk/blog/os-brecks-2/swim-walks/

 

Swim Walk THETFORD: Walking and Dipping for Adults and 13+

When: Sunday 22 September

Where: Thetford, Norfolk (Meet by the Jetty, Thetford Riverside, midway between the School Lane and Tanner Street car parks.)

Time: 10:30 – 13:00

Meeting Point: Thetford Riverside: Meet by the Jetty, midway between the School Lane and Tanner Street car parks. Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2AG

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Cost: Fully Funded (Booking required) Book Here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thetford-swim-walk-tickets-923857832647

Walking conditions: The walk is easy, but not fully accessible to all walkers. Please note that the riverside paths could be muddy in places if it has been wet. The walk is approximately 2 miles, with two swims.

Accessibility: The paths are mostly level, and of mixed terrain, most being well surfaced but some potentially being muddy if it has been wet, and we might do a small amount of walking on grass. Access to the swim entry points vary and include a riverbank and a ladder. We will contact those who are booked nearer to the event with more detail. If you have any questions about accessibility do get in touch.

Dogs: No dogs. If you use an assistance dog please get in touch to discuss (not all dogs can cope with you getting into the water)

Travel: Thetford train station and bus station are both within 15-20 minutes walk of Riverside. Find information about bus times and services on the bus times website, https://bustimes.org/localities/thetford-norfolk. Free car parks are available including School Lane, Tanner Street, and Cage Lane.

Facilities: Toilets (a few minutes away from the start and finish), in Cage Lane. The Kiosk on Riverside has a wide range of food and drink, and there are other shops in cafés in the town.

What to wear: Please wear clothing suitable for the weather, such as rain and sun protection, and warm layers. Please wear closed toe footwear, and be aware that some of the paths might be muddy under foot. For the swims bring at least one extra layer and some kind of swim shoes that stay on your feet. We will contact those who are booked nearer to the event with more detail on what to expect and to wear.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact the walk leader, Imogen Radford: 07932 137 593; imogen36@googlemail.com

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