Weedfree OW swimming

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?

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  • English channel is lovely image
  • Ive never know problems at Heron. Might be worth a trip back. Otherwise Ive heard great things about a lake at Shepperton.
  • There are no weeds in my bath and thats open
  • Southwater is very weedy as well...will check it again tomorrow eveningimage
  • 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.
  • Is it Southwater where we stopped for coffee on our ride last year?
  • 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.

  • 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?

  • well .. its open   image
  • 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.image

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

    (No weeds there.) 

  • 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?
  • I am sure I drove through it once  image

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

  • 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.

  • Doozer. wrote (see)
    English channel is lovely image
    I'm scared of sharks. (honest, I'm terrified I have near panic attacks in the sea.)
  • -... -- wrote (see)
    Doozer. wrote (see)
    English channel is lovely image
    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
  • 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 ......
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Have you tried the Quays at Mychett?

    http://www.trisportuk.org/swimming/OpenWaterSwimming.aspx

    I've not swum there myself as i'm not a competent enough swimmer just yet but once i am i will be giving it a go there.

  • Mychett was thick with weed a couple of weeks ago.  Much worse than Thorpe. 
  • Not sure if my sighting has got a lot worse, but by constantly veering off to the left (towards the middle of the lake lol) I had a clearish swim at Thorpe today apart from a bit near the end of the loop. First swim I've enjoyed for aaaaaaaaages!
  • Had they cut any more of the weeds Ditchy?

    Maybe I need to employ my own weed chopper to swim ahead of me and chop the weed in late season cos even that last bit of the Thorpe swim was a bit too much for my weak heart to cope with!
  • Sue said Denham was good btw, not too weedy either
  • Ta Mouldy. Maybe I'll try there BH weekend.
  • I may come with you  image
  • Holly - not too sure if they had or not as I did take a very different line between the buoys.....ahem....  image
  • weirwood is fantastic! not a weed in sight
  • image Weir where?!
  • I did here from a tri mate that they were going to have OW swimming at Wierwood resorvior (cant spell that word tonight) and that they were going to have a 4km loopimage
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