WITH sunshine and soaring temperatures expected this weekend, it is the perfect time to cool down with a swim.

If you are still keen to avoid the crowds for fear of coronavirus, or if you just perfect a quieter spot, then there are plenty of places to discover in Hampshire for a swim.

We have rounded up a few locations that you might want to visit this weekend.



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The River Lymington is the perfect spot to visit for those with young families.

The knee-deep river is good for shallow swims and paddling but there are deeper areas near the bridges.

The river also has a little shingle beach and is surrounded by plenty of grassy areas, where you can dry off and dig into a picnic.

Fordingbridge Park


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Another great spot for young families, not only can you paddle and swim in the cool river Avon and there is also a huge play park next to the river.

The famous chalk stream fishing river is deep enough for a swim and there are plenty of grassy areas to relax after a dip.

The river is next to a beautiful three arch bridge and a pub.

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Compton Loch

This easy access swimming spot on the river Itchen can be found with wooden steps in and out of the deep pool.

Odiham Ford


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The pretty Old Ford is part of the North Warnborough Green Nature Reserve and is peaceful but muddy spot for a cool down.

Surrounded by beautiful meadows, the area is tranquil on a sunny day and only takes around 15 minutes to walk to on the public footpath by King John’s Castle.

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The River Itchen is a very clear, shallow, fast flowing chalk stream making it an ideal place for a swim. 

There is free parking available on Garnier Road and you can access the river along a public footpath which is signposted.

Latchmoor Brook


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In the summer months the stream runs wide and shallow for a paddle. Surprisingly in this pretty brook you can spot fossils such as small sharks’ teeth and microfossils- but you mustn’t dig them out.