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Wild Swimming: 300 Hidden Dips in the Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Britain [Paperback]

Daniel Start
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1 May 2013 Wild Swimming
The all-new bumper second edition of the best-selling Wild Swimming photo guide is now fully revised and expanded to include 150 NEW amazing wild swimming locations (almost 400 in total), brand new coverage in the South-East and the Midlands, new information for kids and families, new ideas for pubs, campsites, boat trips and weekends, new ratings on safety and access. This revised and expanded edition of Wild Swimming features the same winning formula of stunning photography, engaging travel writing and practical guidance, and is set to continue as the definitive guide to outdoor swimming in wild Britain.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Things Publishing Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957157339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957157330
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 17.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent.. An essential guide for anyone planning a dreamy summer of camping, picnics and swimming. --Daily Telegraph

A book of wonderful things to do in Britain's rivers, lakes and waterfalls, including swimming with otters, discovering underground caves and even searching for gold. --National Trust Magazine

The smash-hit guidebook. --The Times

About the Author

Daniel Start is an award-winning travel writer, photographer and environmental consultant. He is is the author of Wild Swimming, Wild Swimming Coast, Wild Swimming France and the Wild Guide and won the Writer's Guild Award in 1997. He lives at confluence of two rivers in rural Somerset and is married with a baby daughter.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Swimming 4 Aug 2008
There are very many things that I love about this book. So far I've had it a very short time and have already had an incredibly therapeutic swim, about 10 miles from where I have lived for over 20 years, which I had no idea was there. It was the most beautiful spot and the pub recommended in the book was such a find, being friendly, serving good beer and food, having a gorgeous wildflower garden and being over a thousand years old.

Having this book means I am much more likely to get out and swim in beautiful places, and not just paddle, worried about currents, debris and pond weed. So all those good intentions are finally coming good and I can entice friends along too. It's definitely going to be the basis of many UK holidays to come.

I'm also impressed that the directions are so concise yet so clear and straightforward to follow - rare for a guide book.

I can't recommend this book enough.
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177 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hell of a big splash 6 Jun 2008
This is the book to make poltroons like me brace up and take the plunge. On so many occasions, hot and sweaty on a walk, I have come to a pool, a river or a waterfall and thought, 'Oh, I'd love to fall in there - but I can't.' And why can't I? Because it's too cold, because I don't dare, because I might not be allowed, because I haven't got a towel, because, because ...

Pathetic, man! Here is the wonderful antidote to all that cowardice. 150 brilliant places where it's not only OK to swim or plunge or flop out on your back - it's the nicest, most natural thing on earth, if you judge by the ecstatic expressions on the (mostly young, mostly shapely) people who cavort in or stand invitingly on the brink of the cool pools in Daniel Start's quite irresistibly seductive photos. Why aren't there any snaps of saggy greybeards like me? Because, let's face it, we don't scrub up so well. But Daniel's message is that there's room and tolerance for all of us in the clear trout-filled River Nadder at Teffont Evias in Wiltshire, under the mountain oaks of the Wolf's Leap in deepest Wales, or among the Faerie Pools in the dramatic shadow of the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye.

Great Scott! I can hardly wait. This is a wonderful, youthful, inspiring book. I've let my Health Club subscription lapse because I couldn't take the urine and chlorine and locker-room macho any more. But now I shall be a swimmer into cleanness leaping. Here I gooooooooooooo ... !
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 26 Jun 2009
Wild (River) Swimming is a wonderful book. It's not just a map of good places to swim, picnic, defy Health and Safety with your grandchildren, it's a compendium for cool outdoor living during a hot British summer. It simply makes you lust for anticyclones and rapid changes of the climate in an upward direction! It's why we need global warming.

Seriously, many of the locations are severely chilly but as the book so rightly says, once you have immersed and removed yourself to a sunny rock or stream bank, the urge is on to get back in and swim and splash around. Apparently it's all in something called an endorphin and we can all enjoy them!

Our first forays have been to Exmoor and what delights awaited us. We thought we might have been whisked away to another time and place at Cloud Hill and the "secret" pool upstream will be remembered for years to come.

The only equipment needed for wild swimming is a pack towel and an (optional in some places) swimsuit. But water sandals are a definite luxury (Keens or Tevas are recommended) when the stream or lake bed is stony.

Bravo, Daniel, a great guide!
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5.0 out of 5 stars support the threatened pleasures 27 May 2011
On my map of Oxford, which dates from the year 2000 but probably hasn't been updated all that thoroughly for the 2000 printing, there are five places by the rivers marked as "bathing place," including Parson's Pleasure and Sunnymead by the river Cherwell, and three others by the river Thames (or Isis, as it is called in Oxford).

In the real world, however, if I walk down to the river Cherwell, I find big signs saying "no swimming or diving" or something to this effect, and hardly anybody dares to swim there these days. There is a simple reason for these signs cropping up just about everywhere - land owners are scared of being sued if somebody comes to harm, so they stay on the safe side and put up the signs.

Yet there are many places around Oxford and indeed around the UK where swimming in the wild is at least as safe as crossing a road, for those who can swim and are willing to behave with the necessary caution. Thus it is very welcome that Daniel Start's book lists around 150 such places around the country, complete with practical tips regarding how to get there and how to stay safe, and with as many gorgeous photos of surprisingly large numbers of people engaged in the forgotten pleasures of wild swimming.

Our local spot, Parson's Pleasure, is only mentioned in a historical anecdote in the text and not officially included in the list - presumably due to those signs that the university put up after someone drowned a few years ago. But I might one day check out the place at Stonesfield, which, as I learned from this book, is the village where the first fossil was found that came to be recognised as a dinosaur. There is, actually, although the book fails to mention this, a local bus service from Oxford to Stonesfield.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good if you like swimming
Good places to check out
Published 1 day ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Countryside Travel Essential
Bought the book on france and it was amazing - very accurate and we found a couple of absolute jewels that no-one else, even the locals, knew about so we had them to ourselves. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gardenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very handy travel book : )
Published 3 days ago by Miss S M Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for lots of Swimming holidays!
Great product! What a fantastic way of finding hidden spots to have a dip in England. Thoroughly enjoyed reading and am now planning lots of little trips.
Published 11 days ago by Laura Bartle
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer fun begins!
all good with book and service.
Published 27 days ago by Mrs G M D Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by jenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Just get walking
This book is nice enough. You could just have a look on the internet and find swimming places nearby... or the other thing is just get out walking and see what you find.
Published 1 month ago by DCheyside
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely enthusiastic and dreamlike book
Published 1 month ago by julia kim lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild swimming
Wild swimming
An excellent book. There are many local places I didn't know about. Hopefully I can now use them.
Published 2 months ago by Barrie Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book with some great places to visit pretty much all over the country ...there are a few blank areas but not many. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lou
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