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 and studies. This is a collection of links with brief descriptions (March 2021).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?
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 have been doing diversity dips throughout 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 8-14. Continue reading Diversity swims for GRT: the Nov challenge part 2
Norfolk and Suffolk swimmers are doing diversity dips throughout November to raise funds for some organisations run by and working with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities, and at the same time to raise awareness of the issues. Here are posts and pics and support from Days 1-7. Continue reading Diversity swims for GRT: the Nov challenge starts
All are welcome to support the fundraising activity through November for Gypsy Roma+Traveller Charities, wherever you are. You can take part by doing some swims or dips, sponsor and support those who take part, send messages of solidarity or if you can you could donate. Sponsorship page, https://www.sponsorme.co.uk/annawright/diversity-swim-for-gypsy-roma-and-traveller-community.aspx, or send messages to me on Facebook or Contact me
Yes, you can swim outdoors (though not in a pool or organised venue), and you can drive or travel to get there (though you should minimise the number of journeys and the distance you travel). Leaving your home for recreation or exercise (including swimming) must only be done alone, with one other, or with members of your household or support bubble. This note is about England only.