Shropshire Star

Next steps for campaign to get bathing water status for popular Shropshire River Severn swim spots

A campaign to have popular parts of the River Severn designated as Bathing Water Status sites is a step closer to its goals after a hugely successful summer season for enjoying the river.

Swimmers in the Severn at The Linney, Ludlow

Swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders and others who enjoy being in, on or alongside the River Severn at three specific Shropshire sites have been able to log the swims with a campaign group.

It, meanwhile, has had volunteers checking the water twice weekly at The Linney in Ludlow; at Ironbridge; and at Frankwell in Shrewsbury, and has been consulting with users, residents and local businesses about Bathing Water Status.

Swimmers in the Severn at The Linney, Ludlow

One of the main qualifiers for status is having at least two days in a single bathing season where more than 100 people have used each of the specific stretches of the Severn.

Campaign member, Alison Biddulph, said the group wanted to thank those who counted the swimmers and those consulting local businesses as well as the businesses themselves.

"Also everyone, from landowners and councillors to cake bakers and photographers, who helped us."

Swimmers in the Severn at The Linney, Ludlow