Wild Swimming


Daniel Start

Wild Swimming starts with a whistle-stop tour of wild-swimming past and present - with insights into history, science, society, nature and psychology. Then there's detailed information on how to enjoy one of Britain most traditional's pursuits - a pleasure that is in danger of being lost in our modern world. It will teach you about finding that perfect swimming hole, what to take and how to have fun while staying safe.

The main part of the book - almost 200 pages - is a great tour of Britain. Each of the six regional section begins with a summary map and the top highlights before diving into short 'area' chapters that describe a specific location renowned for its wild swims and natural beauty. Through the different stories you'll be able to swim with otters in Devon, go river-tubing in Yorkshire, night-swim under the stars in Oxfordshire and learn how to build a woodland sauna. In each chapter you'll discover famous wild-swimmers of the past and read stories of heroes, lovers and ordinary folk who have long enjoyed bathing under the willows. The book lists 150 purple wild swim boxes. They provide information on specific swims and cover water quality and safety, ideas for family days out, detailed directions and links to OS maps.

More information: Wild Swimming Guide