For fans of Roger Deakin’s book Waterlog, there are a couple of places mentioned in the book that are within easy reach:  you can swim in the River Waveney at Outney Meadow just on the edge of Bungay, and at the Locks Inn at Geldeston (one of our favourite places to swim).  

There’s great sea swimming at nearby Covehithe (where you can also see at first hand the eroding coastline) at Southwold and Walberswick and slightly further afield at Dunwich.  Walberswick is our favourite place to swim because of its gently shelving beach which is mostly sand with little shingle (Southwold and Dunwich tend to be more pebbles than sand).  When the tide's out at Walberswick there's a large pool (near the mouth of the river) which is great for small children to run in an out.  The dunes help create a sheltered environment too.  One of the things we love to do in summer is to cycle there for a pre-breeakfast swim and then have croissant and coffee sitting in the sunshine of a little courtyard cafe in Walberswick village - heaven!


If you prefer your swimming a bit less wild, there is an indoor pool at Bungay and the newly re-opened Lido at Beccles, down by the river.