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Best Wild Swims in Wales

By at July 11, 2018 | 5:41 pm | 0 Comment

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Daniel Start, author of the new Wild Guide to Wales, shares his all-time favourite wild swims of Wales.. With so many lakes, tarns, waterfalls and rivers, Wales is a paradise for wild swimming. Take your pick from countless rivers, waterfalls, natural lakes and manmade quarries. Water quality is generally excellent, and a hot spell will quickly warm up shallower

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The ten most spectacular swimming hole locations in Sydney, Australia

By at October 1, 2015 | 12:23 pm | 0 Comment

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This month we're publishing Wild Swimming Sydney Australia. Here the authors, Sally Tertini and Steve Pollard, reveal the most beautiful and stunning outdoor swimming spots in and around Sydney:   Erskine Creek at Jack Evans Track, Great Blue Mountains South (above) This is such an enticing place to escape the city and spend a weekend – a 200m

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The Best Bike Rides in Wales and the Borders for Wild Swimming

By at September 16, 2015 | 5:08 pm | 0 Comment

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Jack Thurston, the author of our new book, Lost Lanes Wales: 36 Glorious Bike Rides in Wales and the Borders, shares his favourite Welsh cycle routes for a quick dip while cycling, taken from the book. Wales, with its long coastline, dozens of rivers and countless mountain streams, has more than its fair share of wild swimming spots. Make sure you’re not

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Wild Swimming Near Waterfalls – The Best Locations

By at August 25, 2015 | 1:02 pm | 0 Comment

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Have you completed your #wildsummer challenges yet? Here, Daniel Start reveals the best wild swimming with waterfalls:   St Nectan's Kieve, Tintagel At the head of a wild glen a tall, slender waterfall falls into a high basin, flows through a circular hole and drops into a plunge pool (the kieve). This is a holy place with prayer flags, a shrine room above and

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Wild Swimming Under Sea Arches and into Sea Caves: The Best Places to Complete Our #WildSummer Challenges

By at August 18, 2015 | 12:33 pm | 0 Comment

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Have you completed our #wildsummer challenges yet? Here, Daniel Start reveals the best places to wild swim into sea caves and under sea arches:     Baggy Point Caves, North Devon A long tunnel, empty at low tide or you can swim through at high tide. Take care if there is swell. Park in the NT car park (EX33 1PA) at the end of Moor Lane, signed Baggy Point

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The Thrill of the Chill

By at January 28, 2015 | 5:28 pm | 0 Comment

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If you think winter swimming is only for the very brave (or the very foolish), Jonathan Buckley tells us why we shouldn’t let some nippy weather get in the way of stripping and dipping…   Last Saturday Tooting Bec Lido hosted the 6th UK Cold Water Swimming Championships. Hardy swimmers embraced this cold water swimming festival – all in water less than

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Author of Wild Swimming Italy tells us about his passion

By at May 2, 2014 | 12:02 pm | 0 Comment

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We interviewed Michele Tameni to ask him about his passion for swimming and how he came to write the new Wild Swimming Italy guidebook about Italy's secret rivers and lakes. How did you get into wild swimming? I grew up in a valley between the mountains of the Alps and every spring to late autumn my favorite pastime was wandering along the paths in the woods, and

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Is Wild Swimming Safe?

By at July 18, 2013 | 7:28 am | 4 Comments

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Wild swimming - taking a dip in rivers, lakes, waterfalls and streams - is fantastic fun, has great health benefits and thousands of people have been giving it a go during July 2013 - the first serious heatwave since 2006. But as cooling off during the heatwave has led to series of avoidable drownings, people are rightly asking: is wild swimming safe? Having just

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