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Wild Swimming France: Discover the Most Beautiful Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of France [Paperback]

Daniel Start
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1 May 2012 Wild Swimming
Daniel Start returns with a dazzling new travel guide book to France, for families and adventurers alike. * Dip in to the emerald-green plunge pools of Provence and swim beneath the great chateaux of the Loire and Dordogne. * Discover the unspoilt crater lakes of the Massif Central or relax in secluded hot springs in the woodlands of the Pyrenees. * Recommendations for canoe trips, bike rides, campsites, restaurants and farmshops. Wild Swimming France contains all the practical information you'll need to lure you off the beaten track to over 400 amazing locations. With stunning photography, 15 maps, and detailed directions, grid references and walk-in times. In vast areas of unspoilt French countryside there is so much to discover, from the tranquil river beaches of the Ardeche and the secret waterfalls of the Languedoc, to the shimmering aquamarine pools of Corsica and the Alps. Wild Swimming France takes you on an aquatic voyage to the wild side of the world's favourite holiday destination and introduce you to parts of France you never knew existed. It provides all the practical information you'll need, from * overview maps and directions, * grid references and walk-in times, to * tips on the best campsites, * places to rent canoes, * farm-shops for picnic supplies, * rural bistros for lazy lunches, * even the best places to skinny-dip France has one of the most diverse and magnificent landscapes in Europe - with a cuisine and culture to match. Its rivers, lakes and waterfalls are the cleanest in Europe and its summers reliably hot - and all just a train ride away.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Things Publishing Ltd (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957157304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957157309
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daniel Start is an award-winning writer and photographer, author of Wild Swimming (2008) and Wild Swimming Coast (2009). He has spent the last three years camping and swimming in France, seeking out its natural wonders and getting sunburnt along the way. Married with a baby daughter, he works as an environmental consultant and lives at the confluence of two rivers in rural Somerset.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Se baigner en paradis 25 April 2012
By chrisd
This guide is both beautifully presented and easy and efficient to use. For each region of south / central France there is a tightly worded, yet descriptive overview and a very clear map, followed by concise, individual annotations for each wild swimming location. The swimming sites are also categorised under functional headings, eg canoeing, waterfalls, camping. The whole is diffused with the most gorgeous photographs, taken by the author, which make the guide a joy to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Swimming Wonder 23 April 2012
Sitting in my rocking chair looking out through driving rain over a chilly grey Dartmoor landscape, I opened Daniel Start's latest book: Wild Swimming France. I was immediately entranced and transported to a dream-world of sun and turquoise water cascading into fairytale pools. Each new page elicited gasps and little excited dances, to the point that my neighbours must have wondered what I was doing. This book is pure wild swimming porn.
I have two of Daniel's other, British-based books, Wild Swimming; and Wild Swimming Coast which have proved invaluable in my explorations of local swimming spots and so I fully expected Wild Swimming France to contain similarly wonderful photos and useful information. I wasn't prepared for the range and beauty of the watery environments across central and southern France, which Daniel has spent three years discovering and swimming in.
The book covers every type of inland waterworld a wild swimmer could wish for: voluptious, turquoise Corsican river pools nestling in white rock; wide, leaf-shaded Loire tributaries overlooked by Chateaux; cascades falling straight from heaven into deep, dark basins in the land of the Cathars; aquamarine Pyrenean tarns surrounded by mountains; and a host of other rivers, lakes, watery caves and canyons to explore.
Daniel incorporates a wealth of practical information which includes lat and long coordinates for each spot together with directions and ease of access. Safety is discussed comprehensively with sensible warnings and suggestions on how to mitigate any risks, plus translations of French signs relating to swimming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must pack" for the suitcase 4 May 2012
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If you are heading for inland France then if you want a swim then this book is a must for you. The book is perhaps even more valuable for those visiting the south of France in high summer when the beaches get crowded and places like the Lac du Verdon come into their own. I have mixed feelings that some swims that I was convinced I was the only Briton that knew about them have (as if!?) been discovered eg the River Argens or Cirque de Navacelles but there are loads in here that I was not aware of and I look forward to investigating them. There are still a few wild swims I am aware of in the Auvergne and Jura for example that aren't in this book so considering the size of France I reckon there is enough material for another volume and I for one will eagerly buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book so much! 18 July 2013
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I won a copy of Wild Swim France (WSF) last year and promised that I would write a review after I'd tested it out on holiday in France. Well, two French holidays later, all I can say is that this book is the holy grail for anyone that loves swimming outdoors.

I chose both holiday locations on the basis of the reviews in WSF. Last year was camping at the Cascades du Sautadet on the Ceze River (just south of the Ardeche in the Rhone Valley), and this year was spent in the Ardeche at a brilliant campsite on the Chassezac River, and also in the Auvergne.

Me and my other half spent most of both holidays swimming in the places recommended in the book. Last year the Cascades were utterly fantastic except at weekends when they were packed. Having the book meant that we were able to go further upstream to a great little isolated spot where the only other people were nudists all wanting quiet and privacy. We also swam in the Gard on the book's recommendation.

This year we swam in the Ardeche including swimming through Pont d'Arc which was a great thing to do even on a cloudy day, and swam in a couple of tributaries including the Chassezac and the Beaume. We also went upstream on the Ardeche to where the geology changes from limestone to volcanic and swam in the most amazing (and intimidating!) columnar basalt cauldrons which were suggested in WSF. The best swim of all though was in a perfectly circular volcanic crater lake in Puy de Dome near Clermont Ferrand called Lac Serviere. It was so beautiful, perfectly blue with the sun shining through the water, I will look back on it as one of the most perfect swims of my life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm Stone Wet Skin 4 Oct 2012
I went campervanning round France this summer. I'd wanted to explore France for ages but never had the chance. Suddenly I had the opportunity - an invitation to Provence and the use of a friend's van. But how to know where to stop off on the way to and fro?!
None of the camping books I came across were much good, but when a friend suggested this it all fell into place! We stayed at four or so of the camping locations listed here - everyone of them glorious spots by glorious rivers.
Once I'd got my head around the layout of the book (which took a while) the abundance of amazing swimming spots, particularly in southern France, became clear - we could have spent many more weeks exploring the clear waters and warm stone of France's rivers laid out in the book. There will be a next time!
It's so handy to have an instant way into the special locations that only local knowledge would usually allow. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
love this book ! I want to swim my way around France! this is a real pick me up on a miserable winter evening.
Published 1 month ago by julia kim lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, great book
I am very jealous that I didn't think of doing this first! However, even if I did, Daniel put this book together way better than I ever could. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Honeywell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book
I bought this on a whim as was heading off to France on holiday and love swimming in rivers/lakes etc - what we used to do as kids. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gardenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Beautiful book with great instruction of swimming places in various regions of France, We will be venturing out to find some in 2014. The photograghs are great.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild swimming,
Looks great. An Xmas present for a wild swimming fanatic, overjoyed that there is a book for France when I mentioned it so a good stocking filler!
Published 9 months ago by messypaws
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
Buy this and you will treat yourself to trips to France just to go swimming. Wonderful places we wouldn't otherwise find or know about. Buy it!
Published 11 months ago by A M Gould
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Swimming France
This is a superbly presented book with very beautiful imagery and clearly laid out. It inspired us greatly on our trip and we visited and stayed near a handful of the places... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Calderbank
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifu pictures
Excellent pictures and descriptions. Only issue was that the amount of time indicated for the climb was consideraby less than the time it actually took. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lynch Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely photos but some inaccurate directions
Great photos, lovely idea for a book and very inspirational. We did waste quite a lot of time however trying to follow some of the inaccurate directions. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tony no baloney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and inspiring - clear writing and tantalising pictures
We bought this book before a trip to France this summer, managed to swim in 3 of the places recommended, all were superb - just 397 to go... Read more
Published 12 months ago by M H G Allan
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