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Wild Swimming: Hidden Dips in the Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Britain: 4 (Wild Swimming: 300 Hidden Dips in the Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Britain)

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The Wild Swimming series travels to Italy to explore freshwater lakes, river beaches and lagoons. • Dip in to the emerald-green plunge pools of Sicily and swim at river beaches in Campania Signed Abereiddi, 9 miles from Fishguard or 6 miles from St Davids. Parking at beach. 20 mins, 51.9435, -5.1992

This is a memoir of alcoholism and recovery, Amy Liptrot left rehab in England and returned to recover in Orkney, where she was brought up. She joined a swimming group and found in the chilled waters of the North Sea as well as around the hills and islands of the Orkneys what she needed to truly recover.Imagine a summertime tour through the wildest and most beautiful regions of Britain - boating, camping and swimming along the way. Wild Swimming - inspired by Roger Deakin's cult-classic Waterlog - is a celebration of wilderness dipping, natural bathing and riverside picnics. Best-selling book Wild Swimming combines inspirational photos, engaging writing and I loved the approach of this light-hearted and informative guide. There are some laugh out loud moments as Calum explores everything Wild Swimming, Outdoor Swimming and Cold Water. After learning to run and writing a successful book about it, Heminsley sets her sights on sea swimming. This books stands as a cheery account of the trials and tribulations of going from landlubber to proficient swimmer. There’s a twist though, Alexandra commences IVF treatment, which fails and fails again. A winter of sea swimming helps ease the pain and trauma.

There are so many amazing swimmers in Australia but it’s fun to be able to join them and get out there in the ocean. I’m definitely not swimming anywhere cold though! Reply Park at Exceat, 2 miles E of Seaford (A259). Follow the valley down past the old river meanders. 30 mins, 50.7591, 0.1486 A beautifully illustrated book which explores the traditions of cold-water swimming and dipping in Scandinavia and beyond. Dr Susanna provides detail of why Winter Swimming provides such a boost to both body and soul, through this shared experience in the outdoors and in nature. This wonderful outdoor activity can influence our happiness, our energy and our inner tranquility, and give us that winter glow.

Over two miles of meadows and swimming from Sheep’s Green down to the Orchard Tea Gardens in Grantchester. Deep banks make this good for diving, but it can be muddy. Once a favourite wild swimming places of the Bloomsbury Group, including Rupert Brooke and Virginia Woolfe. 20 minutes walk from the train station. 52.1907, 0.1046 A (very British) book about swim hiking is ‘Swimhiking in the Lake District and North East England’ by Peter Hayes, forgot to add it to the list.

As one of our key forms of leisure and mass entertainment, tourism was a major growth industry of the nineteenth century and this growth continued into the twentieth century. Starting in the golden age of the Victorian and Edwardian resorts, Eric Simpson explores the ways and means whereby the Scottish people were able to enjoy the benefits of seaside and other holidays, including how they travelled, the things they did and where they stayed. This book, therefore, is not just about the holidaymakers but embraces too the many people in the resorts who made their livelihood in the tourist industry. Sporting activities, for spectators no less than participants, were and still are very important, especially golf. So too was swimming and one of the extraordinary features of the early twentieth century was the craze for open-air seawater swimming pools in a country that is not renowned for great warmth. Many Scottish towns, both large and small, ran into debt to construct the open-air swimming ponds that once dotted the coastline. In the large resorts there were entertainments for the masses. But in the wee quiet places, holidaymakers had to find their own ways of spending their time with bathing, country walks and sports always popular. (Publisher’s Synopsis) Salt On My Skin is a year long diary where Sarah navigates between grief, loss and a newfound hobby of wild swimming in the seas around Orkney. It’s a poignant and empathic story of what it’s like to deal with a parents deterioration with dementia, about accepting yourself and learning to live with integrity and joy. It’s a warm, witty and wondrous book that reflects the ups and downs of life and how swimming bares you through it all. An old Roman ford, footbridge and popular river pool with little beach. Good for both paddling and longer swims. Near the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy estate and beech avenue. 50.8000, -2.0076 Wim Hof shares both his life story and his knowledge / experiences with Cold Water Immersion. He introduces his three-pillar approach, where you can learn to harness the three key elements of Cold, Breathing and Mindset. A great read, regardless of whether or not you choose to follow his methods. He outlines, so many of the benefits which have been brought to us recently through the media. His personal achievements are phenomenal and he encourages each one of us to use his guide to improve our health and performance, although perhaps not go as far as emulating his daring feats!

A double waterfal tumbles into a sheltered bay beneath steep cliffs and jungle-like foliage. You can reach it on the dramatic old coastal railway line – now a cycle path – from either Scarborough or Robin Hood‘s Bay. This is not an instruction manual – it is much more useful and entertaining than that. This is a huge collection of small tipsto make a real difference to your outdoor swimming, whether you’re planning your first Winter Swims, hoping to enjoy some icy swims the depths of the Scottish winter – this book will take you through everything you need to know. We love outdoor swimming but for the times when you can’t get to the water why not immerse yourself in a bit of reading? These are our top 10 books about Wild Swimming and Outdoor Swimming. From swimming histories to personal memoirs and scientific studies if you love swimming we hope you’ll find something that takes your fancy. Find your next wild swimming read!

Steve Munatones is a bit of a legend in open water swimming: he founded the Open Water Source and came up with the concept of the Oceans Seven– the swimming version of the Seven Summits. I suspect his book is well worth a look. Here follows a list of books about swimming. If you are looking for inspiration, you’ll find plenty here. These are mainly memoirs of swimming to survive trauma, but there’s also more bucolic descriptive books plus a warm and entertaining novel. This is my bedside table book list, I’m reading through them all in between my own dips. Lansallos is signed 2 miles west of Polperro from The Crumplehorn Inn. Park by the church and take the path down through the woods. 15 mins, 50.3319, -4.5785 A book of wonderful things to do… swimming with otters, discovering underground caves and even searching for gold”

Just spent an idyllic 2 weeks in Provence. Planned many of our days using Wild Swimming France. What can I say….

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