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River Severn, Sydney Ave, Shrewsbury 22nd August '14: 15C (59F)

Significantly below normal for late August. River flowing swiftly and a little muddy, no doubt down to the autumnal weather since Big Bertha arrived a couple of weeks ago.

River Severn, Atcham (Nr. Shrewsbury) 24th August 14: 15C (59F)

Swam from public land opposite the The Mytton and Mermaid Hotel just downstream from the old Atcham road bridge. I saw notices advising that Prince Albert Angling Society have the fishing rights - who in my experience are very aggressive over their rights, in fact it was PAAS who tried to get we swimmers kicked out of Hatchmere (Cheshire) but subsequently failed. Just after I climbed out of the river a couple of crowded rafts came downstream.

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge 28-9-14: 17.5C (63.5F)

Water clarity very good, level was a little higher than usual but very little current. The water temp is on the low side, at this time of the year it should be 20-21C.

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge 30-8-14:16.5C (62F)

River very choppy but little current. Water clarity excellent.

Apologies for the wrong date in my previous post - the date should have been 28-8-14. That was a cockup-ette by me 'cos I was tired. I don't have a Tardis (unfortunately).

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge, 2nd September '14: 18.5C (65F)

A bit more like it but still low for early September. Water clarity good, level normal but quite a stiff current.

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge, 4th September '14: 19C (66F)

Going up! Current normal, level normal, water just a touch turbid.

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River Dee, Llangollen 7th September '14: 15C (59F)

River slightly peaty and flowing quite swiftly. I swam (or rather, sat on my arse in the river) for a good half-an-hour and no Welsh Dee Partnership apparatchik dared to turn up and moan at us. This was from the flat rocks (Riverside Park) which aren't just right in the middle of WDP's "territory" but they are public land. A group of kayakers came downstream just after we got out. There was quite a lot of folk sitting on the rocks, with some wading.

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge 9th September '14: 18C (64F)

Little or no current, level normal, water clear.

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River Mersey, New Brighton 11th September 14: 17C (63F)

A briny one for a change. Recorded during outgoing tide, water flowing out of the Mersey Estuary.

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River Itchen, Twyford (Winchester) 15th Sept '14: 14.5C (58F)

Typical Hampshire chalk stream: chilly and fast-flowing. A hard chalk bed more like concrete. I accessed the water via the public path down to the M3 bridge over the river, from a lay-by on the A3090 adjacent to J11.

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English Channel, Littlehampton 16th September '14: 19C (66F)

Taken at high tide. No, I couldn't believe it myself and took another measurement. Still 19C. Remarkable.

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge, 22nd September '14: 17C (63F)

Nothing really to report, although there was almost no current.

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Loch Ness, Inverness, 24th September '14: 14C (57F)

Was waiting for Nessie to make an appearance but she didn't play ball. Miserable so-and-so :-)

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge, 2nd October '14: 15.5C (60F)

Quite a stiff current, enough to push me into the jetty while egressing the water. Water quality good but a slight green tinge of algae.

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River Weaver, Frodsham, 4th October '14: 15C (59F)

River very choppy, so much so I suffered from spray in my eyes (I don't wear goggles) and couldn't make any headway against the F6 near-gale. Despite the overnight torrential rain in the catchment no change in level nor current.

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge, 16th October '14: 12.5C (54.5C)

Current normal, river had a summery greenish aspect, water clear.

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River Weaver, Frodsham Bridge 18-10-14: 13.5C (56F)

Water clear and still has that "warm weather" greenish tint, but quite a stiff current. Now a shameless plug for Weaver Sailing Club who encourage swimmers from their site (obviously at their own risk) and installed "my" ladder shown in my pic. for easy egress from the water.

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Prospective swimmers' information: the floating jetty is about 25 metres long (I paced it out), while the distance from the ladder to the railway viaduct is 174 metres. This afternoon (Saturday) the members plied me with cups of tea and even fruit pie - seriously decent guys!

Their are no vacancies for water-skiers but they have vacancies for sailors and canoeists/kayakers. The club recently replaced their old compound fence with a new high-security fence with plenty of room for canoes/kayaks.

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River Mersey, New Brighton, incoming tide 31st Oct '14: 13C (55F)

Another briny one. I've now got to wash my boots and gloves as I don't want the salt to wreck the neoprene. Looks like sea surface temps. are still quite high for the time of the year - it's November tomorrow!!

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River Weaver, Frodsham, 2nd Nov '14: 12.5C (54.5F)

Back in freshwater today - didn't need to wash my gloves, boots and helmet under the tap to remove any salt. Current a little stronger than usual but water surprisingly clear.

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River Weaver, Weaver Sailing Club, Frodsham 16th November '14: 10C (50F)

River looking quite muddy, flow sluggish. I suspect next week's temp. will be single digit so from then readings will be in blue.

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River Weaver, Weaver Sailing Club, Frodsham 23rd Nov '14: 8C (46F)

Yes - the first blue 'un this season. Water very muddy and level high, in fact had breached the bank.

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River Weaver, Frodsham, 7th December '14: 5.5C (42F)

Sadly had to break a long-held tradition - I'm still suffering from a nasty chest infection so I didn't actually go in. One of the cardinal rules I always impress on others is never swim unprotected in winter-cold water unless fully fit. Unfortunately it's the overheated chlorine pit for me this afternoon.

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42 degrees (5.5C) seems quite good for December....
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Hatchmere (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), 14th December '14: 4C (39F)

Yes, this time I did swim ;-)

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North Sea, Arbroath, Angus 23rd December '14: 6C (43F)

A briny one today, and yes I did go fully in although I kept well within my depth due to a stiff (and very chilly) offshore breeze. Seawater doesn't have the "bite" that freshwater has at similar temperatures.

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Hatchmere, Delamere Forest, Cheshire 31st December '14: 2.5C (36.5F)

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Hatchmere, Delamere Forest, Cheshire 4th January '15: 3C (37F)

The first one of the New Year. A friendly fisherman asked us to break the ice for him which would stir up the fish. Happy to oblige.

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Hatchmere, Delamere Forest, Cheshire 11-1-15: 4.5C (40F)

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Hi Pete do you put these up on Facebook? Wound be interesting to follow.

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dave_walton wrote:Hi Pete do you put these up on Facebook? Wound be interesting to follow.
Yes, Dave. My FB page: https://www.facebook.com/WildswimmerPete

however all water temps are always updated here. My blog is at: http://wildswimmerpete.wordpress.com/

however it's still taking me some time to regain the ability to write fluently - bloody stroke.

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Hatchmere, Delamere Forest, Cheshire 18-1-15: 1.5C (35F) taken @ 2foot depth as per FINA stipulation, surface temp. under ice 1C (33F).

Bear in mind water's density is highest around 4C then reduces again as the temp. approaches freezing, so below that figure there is a temperature inversion with the coldest water on the surface while the depths are less cold.

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