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Port Meadow

Port Meadow, Oxford, OX2 0NG

Wild Swimming

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Port Meadow is a stretch of the River Thames near Wolvercote in Oxfordshire.

This is a river swim spot surrounded by meadows which often flood in the winter. The water is usually above average in terms of quality and suitable for swimming in. There are beaches on this stretch which you can rest on. Beware of some deep spots and shelving. Boats also use this stretch. The shallow areas are suitable for families with children and there is also a swing under the bridge.

Parking is available near the Trout Inn. For refreshments and toilets there are a couple of nearby pubs or head into town.

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.