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Minster Lovell

Minster Lovell, Witney, OX29 0RA

Wild Swimming

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Minster Lovell is a swim spot on the Windrush River which runs through the Cotswolds and Minster Lovell Village in Oxfordshire.

This spot is near the ruins of an old church. It is quite shallow making it a good spot for famillies with children, although there are deeper parts near the bridge. The water quality is considered to be high here making it suitable for bathing.

There is a small car park at St Kenelm's Church a short walk away, but there are no toilet facilities at this site.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.