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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.
Swimming Wild in the Lake District by Suzanna Cruickshank is an informative and inspiring book for both new and experienced wild swimmers, exploring the larger lakes in the beautiful Lake District National Park.
The book explores secluded wild swimming locations in the tourist hotspots of Windermere and Derwent Water and takes you to the tranquil hidden gems of Bassenthwaite, Crummock Water and Devoke Water, with the emphasis on taking time to enjoy the stunning surroundings. Imagine yourself gliding through clear, still water, surrounded by rugged fells, with only the sound of birdsong to accompany you. The book is full of useful tips for both new and experienced wild swimmers; it contains sections on getting started in wild swimming, how to look after your own safety and impartial advice on all the essential kit you'll need, as well as what you don't need.
Illustrated with stunning photography, and featuring overview maps, the book has all the practical information you need to plan your wild swimming adventure, including access to the lakes by car or public transport where possible, thorough information about the best wild swimming locations on all the featured lakes and details of the best pubs and cafes for a much-needed post-swim drink or meal.
Suzanna vividly describes her wild swimming experiences and brings the characteristics of each lake to life. Whether you're an experienced wild swimmer or just dipping your toes in the water for the first time you'll find plenty to inspire your next adventure.
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing an imprint of Vertebrate Graphics Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd April 2020|
|Publisher:||Vertebrate Publishing an imprint of Vertebrate Graphics Ltd|
|Genres:||Lifestyle & Health, Sport, Travel,|
|Categories:||Travel & holiday guides, Swimming & diving,|
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 ...More About Suzanna Cruickshank