Wild Swimming France Book

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Daniel Start’s dazzling 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 châteaux 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 Pyrénées.
  • 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.

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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.

Wild Swimming France

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
Wild Swimming France

In vast areas of unspoilt French countryside there is so much to discover, from the tranquil river beaches of the Ardèche and the secret waterfalls of the Languedoc, to the shimmering aquamarine pools of Corsica and the Alps.

Wild Swimming France covers 14 regions:

  1. Jura
  2. Central Alps
  3. Alpes-Maritimes
  4. Corsica
  5. Haut Var and Verdon
  6. Vaucluse and Haute Provence
  7. Ardèche
  8. Languedoc
  9. Cévennes
  10. Corbières and Roussillon
  11. Pyrénées
  12. Lot, Célé and Aveyron
  13. Dordogne
  14. Loire and Normandy

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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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Whole book – PDF

Price: £11.95

Jura - PDF

Price: £1.45

Central Alps - PDF

Price: £1.65

Alpes-Maritimes - PDF

Price: £1.65

Corsica - PDF

Price: £1.45

Haut Var and Verdon - PDF

Price: £1.45

Vaucluse and Haute Provence - PDF

Price: £1.25

Ardèche - PDF

Price: £1.65

Languedoc - PDF

Price: £1.95

Cévennes - PDF

Price: £1.65

Corbières and Roussillon - PDF

Price: £1.45

Pyrénées - PDF

Price: £1.25

Lot, Célé and Aveyron - PDF

Price: £1.45

Dordogne - PDF

Price: £1.45

Loire and Normandy - PDF

Price: £1.45

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  2. Just spent an idyllic 2 weeks in Provence. Planned many of our days using Wild Swimming France. What can I say….
    Swam though Le Styx in the Verdon gorge, canyoned the Haut Jabron, dived into the main pool at Sillans La Cascade, rafted from Castellane to Couloir Samson, got lost looking for the gorges of ChateauDouble, lept into the lake at Bauduen, and even spent a couple of hours by the pool!

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  4. This book added a new dimension to our Annecy holiday; the locations were accurately described and inspired us off the beaten track and into some beautiful water.

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