Farleigh & District Swimming Club

The World's oldest river swimming club

Founded in 1933, the Farleigh & District Swimming Club is believed to be the oldest river swimming club in the world. This is the original "wild swimming club" with a car parking field, 100m of swimmable river, a picnic/sunbathing field and  a dilapidated hut.

This is a community club run by and for the members so there's an AGM for members to decide how to run it and elect their committee and officers. (See your membership card for details of the next AGM.) It only operates during the summer - a season determined by weather and water temperature (Approx. April to September). If the officers decide that swimming is unusually dangerous, say the river is in flood, the road gate may be locked. In addition to this it will be locked for about 5 days during a dry period later in the summer when repairs will be carried out to the weir.

The Club is sited 4 miles west of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on the A366 at BA2 7RS.Grid Reference: ST 805577, N51.31805° W2.28200°. (BA14 9LH is the farm for Cream Teas & camping. Campers must pay for Club membership, as it is NOT included in the ground rent.) . Turn into the field on the corner by the club sign. This is on the Trowbridge side of the two stone bridges. NO DOGS please. Follow "Farleigh and District Swimming Club" on Facebook. The Club is a member of RALSA (River & Lake Swimming Association), where a database of other swimming locations is available.

Ring Tony on 01225 781318 or 07769 214419; or Anna on 01225 752253 for more info.

Membership. The Club is only open during the summer. This usually means from after silage (approx late April), May to mid September, but if there is warm weather outside of this period then the Club is usually opened up.

Club Membership Collectors are usually only on duty on warm sunny days when people are likely to want to swim. You can then join on site. If not, you can join online by paying below or at the farm (Follow the "Cream Teas" sign.) which is 800 yards up the A366 towards Trowbridge. Alternatively you can join by post by sending a cheque (made out to the Farleigh & District Swimming Club) together with a completed Membership Application Form (printed out from the pdf available below) and a stamped addressed return envelope to Anna Bryant, Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield, Trowbridge, Wilts, BA14 9LH. Lastly you can take your online payment receipt/email to the Club and complete the Application there in exchange for a Membership Card. Only full season membership is available online or by post. Day membership must be made to a collector or to the farm.
Following online or postal payment a Membership Card will then be returned to you. Membership is for the 2018 season, Families (up to 6) £20*, Adult £10. Membership is open to everyone except those under 16. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult of 18 or over. There is no waiting list. Please read the Safety Notice which is printed on the back of both the Application Forms and the Membership Cards.

*Compare this with just a day at Longleat for the family for, yes, £160!

Occasional visitors. Payment of membership subs can be made by instalments of £1.50 per adult and £1.00 per child on each visit, until the Instalment total of £30 per Family or £15 per Adult is reached. If you only come once or twice you may not have completed your membership payments. This does not matter. The Club does not expect you to pay the difference. So for occasional visitors the charge per day is just £1.50 per adult, £1.00 per child. (payment on site on the day). No unaccompanied children under 16.

Membership of the Club offers free parking in the first field and picnicking and/or swimming from the second. The river is about 8ft/2.4m deep, but you can walk in from above the (slippery) weir. Do not swim if the river is in spate (brown water). There are two ladders. There are no life-guards so you should always swim with company and be able to provide safety cover for your group.

Dogs are not allowed. This is because of hygiene. just as they are banned from playing fields and most popular beaches in summer. Please tidy up and take any litter home. Thanks.

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER. Generally we find that the water quality is low after heavy rainfall, and children swimming during these periods may develop tummy infections. We believe that this is because that they tend to swallow water when swimming or playing in the river. Therefore we advise against swimming during these periods, especially children.

Club T-shirts and Polo shirts embroidered in full colour are now offered for sale by phoning Phil on 01225 752253 and arranging to collect from Stowford Farm. We have in stock: T-shirts £10 dark green L and XL, Olive XL. Other items can be ordered by contacting Rob Fryer at FarleighClub@gmail.com. Orders are usually made up in the spring. Items can be selected from www.Ralawise.com or supplied for embroidering.

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Ready to Join? Download this PDF application form.


Membership for 2018 season.

You can join here and make a donation at the same time.

The weir at Farleigh, upon which our Club depends for swimming, needs repair. This will cost £10,000, and we need to raise £5.000 for this. (The other £5,000 is coming from Club funds.) We are asking members to consider making a donation at the same time as paying their subs this year.

The Club is in need of subs collectors. Would you be able to help keep this club going? Just a few hours helps.

£200 payment including £20 Family Membership

£100 payment including £20 Family Membership

£50 payment including £20 Family Membership

£30 payment including £20 Family Membership

£15 payment including £10 Single Membership

Family membership £20 + £1 admin charge

Single membership £10 + £1 admin charge

£5 Donation only


In order to receive your membership card will need to download the application form pdf from this page, complete it, scan it and email it back to Farleighclub@gmail.com. We will then post your membership card back to you. If you simply wish to donate, or have already joined for this year, there is no need to complete an application form, in which case we shall allocate your whole of your payment towards the Weir Fund.

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