A dip in the river at Hackney Marshes to start my London West, Middlesex and Thames swim trip, August/September 2016. With photo of me taken by professional photographer Marc Burden. Continue reading Hackney Marshes swim 19 August 2016
This lovely place brings together two joys in my life – swimming in rivers and enjoying the forest. It is magical any time of day or year, and is free to enjoy. Numerous families bring their children every summer. Continue reading Swimming at St Helens: freedom in the forest
This is a round up of my journey in which I did about 30 swims or dips over 3 days in places along the A12 road with relevance to our lives, to remember my parents one year on and also to raise money for charities relevant to the ends of their lives, St Elizabeth Hospice (Suffolk) and the Stroke Association. (See also A12 swim journey 2016: 33 FB POSTS)
Swimming outdoors in winter is seen by many a strange activity. So I find myself skulking about and trying to avoid being seen as I go for my solitary cold dips. (written March 2014)
Continue reading Winter swims at Swanton Morley Mill
I first saw what is now my favourite local swim spot on a sunny late September cycle ride in 2012. I had just started river swimming and was looking for places to swim.
Continue reading First swim at Swanton Morley Mill
I was keen to start river swimming, and had been looking at maps and guides and rereading Roger Deakin’s Waterlog during a hot spell in early September 2012, but wasn’t sure about taking the plunge on my own.
Continue reading Blickling Mill / John’s Water: first river swim
“I discovered a whole new way of swimming rivers … it happened in a Cotswold tributary of the Thames, the Windrush, whose beauty to me that day was that it still winds, and still rushes.
Continue reading Burford river Windrush oxbow Sept/Oct 2013