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Wild Swimming: 150 Hidden Dips in the Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Britain Paperback – 21 Apr 2008
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"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, Summer 2008
"The first guidebook to Britain's freshwater swimming holes" -- Sunday Times Magazine, 4th May 2008
"Excellent...This is an essential guide for anyone planning a dreamy summer of camping, picnics and swimming." -- The Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2008
On a hot summer day, what could be more refreshing than slipping into the cool, clear waters of a secret lake? And what could be more magical than plunging into a hidden waterfall pool? Britain's rivers, lakes and waterfalls are now cleaner, safer and more accessible than at any time in living memory. To celebrate, award-winning author, jungle explorer and ex-hostage Daniel Start set out to find Britain's favourite swimming holes and has discovered that the art of taking a wilderness dip is far from lost. Wild Swimming provides all the practical information you need to enjoy 150 magical swims across the UK i?? with or without the kids or car i?? and combines them with ideas for that perfect summer day out. Through this great British tour you'll be able to swim with otters in Dartmoor, go river-rafting in Yorkshire, night-swim under the stars and learn how to build a woodland sauna. Discover the famous wild swimmers of the past and read stories of heroes, lovers and ordinary folk who have long enjoyed a natural dip under the willows.Adopting a similar format to the popular Cool Camping series (also from Punk Publishing), Wild Swimming combines inspirational photos, engaging writing and practical information to make this a truly unique British travel guide. Pick up, strip off and jump in!
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Not having a car was a bit of a restriction as to where I could get to however I did manage Loch Ness, although not from the spot suggested in the book which was on the busy A80 Inverness to Fort no, I chose to take my dip from the much more secluded east shore and I have to say it was the most SPECTACULAR swim of my life thus far! I swam at the north end near Dores so had amazing views right down the stretch of the loch embanked by mountains. Glorious.
My second dip came at Randolphs Leap near Forres, a fast flowing river filled with salmon. Make sure you're a strong swimmer for this one and the climb down to the water wasn't too easy either but another excellent swim.
Shame I couldn't reach the Faerie pools of Skye without a car but a swim at the point of Sleat made up for that when I thought I was in the Maldives!
Buy the book to experience what swimming should be like.
It also has some handy general tips for outdoor swimmimng, things like how to prepare and some safety issues etc.
If I were forced to make a criticism, I'd say that some of the directions it gives to find the locations could be a bit more detailed, but exploring is part of the fun I guess so I'm really clutching st straws.
I'd definitely recommend this book if you're keen on outdoor swimming. Great stuff.
Great list of swims to get you started.
It great to give you an idea about getting out and swimming. From there you can have fun finding your own places.
Enjoy and don't worry about the cold water, just choose a sunny day.
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