Four new wild swimming spots have been announced by the government this week, including the River Deben in Suffolk.

However, Norfolk has its own hidden gems for outdoor swimming - from secluded lakes to winding rivers, here are some of the best spots offering a thrilling experience for water enthusiasts in the county. 

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1. Lamas, Buxton, River Bure

Wild swimmers can enjoy a dip in the quiet and rural stretch of the River Bure, flowing through churches and gardens.

The calm waters and serene surroundings make it a great spot for a peaceful swim or leisurely float, allowing swimmers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Norfolk broads. 

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2. Santon, Little Ouse

For those looking for a more exhilarating swimming experience, look no further than this chalky river running through Thetford forest.

Known for its clear waters and aesthetically pleasing surroundings, this river provides an invigorating swim along the border of Norfolk and Suffolk. 

The best access spot is from the footbridge at St Helen’s picnic spot in Santon Downham.

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3. Fairhaven Water Gardens 

The water gardens at Fairhaven are worth exploring if you want to find a wild swimming hidden gem, although the waters can only be accessed with a garden membership.

The surrounding marshes are home to a diverse range of wildlife, including rare birds and butterflies, making it a haven for nature lovers. 

The Norfolk broads spot also hosts a range of events, including an outdoor cinema this summer which will be showing family-friendly classics such as Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo. 

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4. Anderson's Meadow, Norwich

A wild swimming gem can be found at Anderson's Meadow in Norwich, with the idyllic spot offering a city-based outdoor swim spot.

Places like this in the city centre are hard to come by - so this offers an exciting opportunity for would-be wild swimmers. The entry point is opposite the Eagle Canoe Club via a ledge at the end of a gradual slipway.

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5. Cromer Beach

For a taste of the wild Norfolk coast, sea swimming at Cromer is a must-try. The traditional seaside town offers a stunning sandy beach with waters that are perfect for a bracing dip.

Cromer's pier was also voted the second best in the country, with the 122-year-old Grade II-listed pier receiving national recognition in the National Piers Society’s annual Year of the Pier Award.

The vibrant town also offers plenty of amenities for swimmers, with cafes and facilities nearby to warm up and refuel after a refreshing swim.