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Cuckmere Meanders

South Downs Way, Seaford, BN25

Wild Swimming

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cuckmere-meanders wild swimming east sussex

About

The Cuckmere Meanders is near the South Downs Way near Seaford in East Sussex.

Here there are oxbow lakes cut off from the main river which are large and shallow, with average quality water. It is suitable for swimming in, but avoid drinking the water. There is also some sea swimming nearby.

For refreshments, parking and toilets head into the local village.

Before you go

  • It is your responsibility to stay safe when wild swimming and research your chosen swim spot throughly. Always respect land owners and access restrictions.

    Be aware of the changeable nature of wild swimming spots. What may be a good place to swim at one point in time, may not be suitable the next time you visit, due to changes in water quality, weather or temperature.

    Assess locations for safe entry and exit points, know your limits, check for obstructions and water depth before entering a wild swim spot. Beware of strong undercurrents and poor water quality. It is recommended that you do not swim on your own.

    If you are new to wild swimming, we strongly recommend that you read this article to help you understand the importance of acclimatisation and knowing your limits.

    Never drink alcohol before entering wild water.

  • The location shown is for guidance only and is not exact. It is important to assess for yourself the best place to swim. You may find that the weather and other influences cause conditions to differ from one visit to another. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route to this location.

    If your swim is in a remote place, such as in a mountainous area which may require a long hike to the spot, you should also follow the same safety recommendations required for mountaineering.

    Always leave no trace and take any litter and belongings with you.

  • There are no facilities here, so make sure you come prepared with everything you need for your visit.

  • This area may be suited to families with young children who want to swim, due to gentle shelving on entry and exit, or because there are shallower waters suitable for paddling. Always assess the area yourself and decide if it is safe.

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