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Suzanna Cruickshank is an outdoor swim guide based in the Lake District. She moved to Cumbria on a whim in 2006 after climbing one mountain and has been in love with the area ever since. She has her own business, Suzanna Swims, leading guided swims and swim-hikes for groups and individuals. Suzanna set the business up based on her experiences leading all-women walking groups and strives to offer low-key and unpressured swims with no competitive or training element. In her spare time she loves to walk in the quieter parts of the Lake District on the lookout for great places to swim. Suzanna has competed at the Winter Swimming World Championships and was a medallist in the inaugural Scottish Winter Swimming Championships in 2019. She lives in West Cumbria with her ferocious dog Rosie. Swimming Wild in the Lake District is her first book.
For hundreds of years, people have swum for fitness, for pleasure and for their health. Many of us also enjoy getting outdoors, walking and exploring, navigating and sight-seeing, as we appreciate fresh air, blue skies and the call of the countryside. Combining the two, presents us with some problems. How do you do it safely, for example? Or where are the best places to go? If you’re thinking of trying it, Swimming Wild shows you how. Not just through descriptions – although Suzanna Cruickshank’s words do that very nicely – the pictures, the experience of others and the tips this book offers are enough to persuade even those just slightly interested in diving into outdoor waters. The book even tells you how to get there, where to stay and who to book as a guide when you start.