I was recently asked to recommend books on wild swimming to someone who was keen to get started. It’s not easy to do this, as there are so many books that it’s difficult to know where to start, and it all depends what you want from a book (though Roger Deakin’s Waterlog is my first choice!). Some ideas here.Continue reading Wild Swimming Books
We had heard a lot about this supposedly dangerous lake, and another experienced outdoor swimmer and I went to explore it and assess the risks and the possibilities for swimming there. We found it to be a wonderful location and from this visit couldn’t see any more hazards than in other similar lakes, other than the usual risks of swimming which can be mitigated with accurate information. But anyone visiting must do their own assessment each time, and take care. And if anyone has any specific information about unusual risks at this location it would be interesting to hear about those.
Outdoor Swimming Society members were invited as guests to the webinar of the Visitor Safety Group (landowner body), at the launch of its Open Water Swimming guidance 8 July 2021, and I was invited to speak about the Outdoor Swimmers Code and to chair a breakout room on landowners engaging with swimmers. This is the presentation I delivered.Continue reading Responsible Swimming presentation to VSG
Swimming outdoors, especially in cold water, being outdoors, and nature are good for you – for your mental and physical health. So say growing numbers of reports, books, articles, studies and organisations. This is a collection of links with brief descriptions (March 2021). And occasional updates and additions subsequently.Continue reading Nature, outdoors, swimming and health
Nick Hayes’ Book of Trespass and the Right to Roam campaign are brilliant contributions to campaigning for access to rivers for swimmers and paddlers. However I think that there is a flaw in this campaign. I think that giving the impression that it is illegal to swim in 97% of rivers in England could have negative consequences, with a chilling effect. In fact, though 3% of the length of rivers have uncontested rights to access, there are strong arguments that there are more rights than that. The issue is complex, and I’ve only touched on it here, with links for further reading (including the book).Continue reading Is it only legal to swim in 3% of rivers in England?
To reflect a year that started sociably, had long periods of lockdown restrictions, and saw outdoor swimming become extremely popular, Breckland swimmers share their favourite swims from 2020 and their hopes for 2021Continue reading Breckland swimmers: 2020 memories; 2021 hopes
I decided to mark the shortest day of the year with local swim and paddle trips on a glorious sunny day, Sunday 20 December (the day before the actual solstice which was due to be rainy). In tribute to my longest day of the year trip back in June, I concentrated on local trips and the river Wensum, starting with a sunrise swim, followed by a sunny cycle ride and finishing with a sunset paddle. Continue reading My shortest day swims Dec 2020
Norfolk and Suffolk swimmers have been dipping through November to raise awareness and funds for some organisations run by and working with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities. Here are posts and photos from Days 29-30. Support us here, on the Sponsor me page
Norfolk and Suffolk swimmers are dipping through November to raise awareness and funds for some organisations run by and working with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities. Here are posts and photos from Days 22-28. Support us here, on the Sponsor me page