Weedfree OW swimming

There must be somewhere in the SE?

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Holly_Golightly    pirate
14/08/2011 at 19:41

Went OW for the first time in about 8 weeks yesterday at Thorpe and while the lake looked lovely, it was fantastically weedy.  Not just spots of weeds, but for long stretches I was swimming through weeds that reached the surface. 

I'm not a pussy about most things in life, but really have a massive phobia about weeds.  So, I didn't enjoy my swim at all. On the plus side, apres-swim, the bacon butties were generous and they have plenty of picnic benches.


Last year I swam at Datchet and they had similar problems late season but as I remember, the weeds were patchy.  

Heron always used to have problems with weeds and strange rice like stuff floating on the surface but I haven't been there for years so not sure if it's still the same?

Princes Lake apparently put some UV filter thing in the water to stop the late season weeds but it is strangely closed until further notice which doesn't help.

So..... does anyone know if there's a lake West / North West London that doesn't have weeds that I can happily swim in for the next couple of weekends so I don't have to take diazepam beforehand?

Doozer.    pirate
14/08/2011 at 19:45
English channel is lovely
14/08/2011 at 19:47
Ive never know problems at Heron. Might be worth a trip back. Otherwise Ive heard great things about a lake at Shepperton.
M...eldy    pirate
14/08/2011 at 19:48
There are no weeds in my bath and thats open
14/08/2011 at 19:49
Southwater is very weedy as well...will check it again tomorrow evening
14/08/2011 at 19:51
http://www.trainfresh.com/Fresh-Water.aspx

Have a look at the link above Holly. Ive never swam there so cant comment on the weed situation but at least three different people have recommended it.
M...eldy    pirate
14/08/2011 at 19:55
Is it Southwater where we stopped for coffee on our ride last year?
Cheerful Dave    pirate
14/08/2011 at 20:17
I haven't been to Shepperton for a few weeks, but there was one leg of the bigger loop that had a bit of weed. Nothing too bad though and I would think the smaller 400m loop would be weed-free as it's more towards the centre of the lake.

14/08/2011 at 20:30

You can't swim at Southwater unless you're a member of one of the local tri clubs.

How come Meldy's bath counts as open water?  Has she not had the hole in the bathroom ceiling fixed?

M...eldy    pirate
14/08/2011 at 20:35
well .. its open  
14/08/2011 at 20:51

Holly,  I've not been to Heron for about 5 weeks,  but it was absolutely fine then,  no weeds and no strange things floating about in the lake (with the exception of myself obviously!).

I'd give it another go if it's convenient for you to get to,  it's run by some different guys this year who seem to be doing a good job & they have bacon butties on the go as well.

ejc
14/08/2011 at 21:02

Bray lake? http://www.braylakeswimming.co.uk/

(No weeds there.) 

Holly_Golightly    pirate
14/08/2011 at 21:06
Thank you!

If Heron is being run by different people and the bacon butties are up to scratch, I might give them another go.

Has anyone been to Denham?
M...eldy    pirate
14/08/2011 at 21:16

I am sure I drove through it once 

Freind Sue went I think the other week, I shall get a report from her

14/08/2011 at 21:53
Jaffa_ wrote (see)

Holly,  I've not been to Heron for about 5 weeks,  but it was absolutely fine then,  no weeds and no strange things floating about in the lake (with the exception of myself obviously!).


Thorpe was weed free and crystal clear last time I went a few weeks ago, they seem to spring up pretty quickly, so wouldn't take Heron as a cert without a more recent report!

FWIW if you don't have a massive weed phobia like Holly, Thorpe isn't too bad at the mo - better than Princes used to get late season. I ran into a patch by the first and second buoys, and then had a clear swim on the 1500 loop until the last 400m, when I had to move further into the middle of the lake.The bit just by where you get out was the worst, but only for a few strokes. They did say to me they were cutting the weed regularly now, and seemed to take note of where I said it was...going back there Tues evening so we'll see.

14/08/2011 at 22:21
Doozer. wrote (see)
English channel is lovely

I'm scared of sharks. (honest, I'm terrified I have near panic attacks in the sea.)
Doozer.    pirate
15/08/2011 at 07:22
-... -- wrote (see)
Doozer. wrote (see)
English channel is lovely

I'm scared of sharks. (honest, I'm terrified I have near panic attacks in the sea.)

Never seen a shark in Bournemouth - plenty in town on a saturday night though
Gyraffe    pirate
15/08/2011 at 11:22
My local lake isn't very weedy but there seemed to be a lot more this year than previously - not sure if it's a weather thing or just that I've been doing more swimming later on in the season ......
15/08/2011 at 11:34
no weeds in the Channel as Doozer says - had a lovely 45 min swim yesterday morning in there before the wind and waves picked up.
Doozer.    pirate
15/08/2011 at 13:35
fat buddha wrote (see)
no weeds in the Channel as Doozer says - had a lovely 45 min swim yesterday morning in there before the wind and waves picked up.


6:45 tonight and I will be back in. 

Went to watch Swanage tri yesterday and that was flat as a mill pond (well the swim was) lol

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