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    Default Wild Swimmers??

    Anyone else enjoy the pleasures of Wild Swimming??

    If So I wonder if we could exchange locations and details of where we have been and what we have enjoyed?


    So I went to Staverton ( Devon )

    https://goo.gl/maps/aE8M4SQcRjr


    And had a lovely time!!

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    Does coastal swimming count?!


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    I guess So Mate - anywhere a little off the beaten track.

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    I've also swam in Haytor Quarry - more a fetid couple of pools than anything else. Not rushing to return!!

    https://goo.gl/maps/TYZ52g5vZKq

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    I'm not much of a swimmer but do love a skinny dip in a loch or two! Loch tay is a braw one as there is a sauna on the shore, so you can flit between loch and sauna for as long as you like, really invigorating
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    River Awe.....not far below the damn overflow at Cruachan.....absolutely Baltic !
    Thinking on it, so was Loch Fyne.
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    Have you come across Alastair Humphries? He is a big fan of wild swimming as part of his Microadvenrures series and has written some nice articles on his website.

    I’ve done a bit, but I’m not at all conditioned to cold water, so getting in takes an age and I find it really hard. My swims have been limited to dips in the small river down the land from my house, and only then to cool off when it’s really hot.

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    Cullykan bay NE Scotland is pretty nice, very gentle shallows out you can be a good distance out and up to your waist so good for kids to splash about, currents are fairly gentle so little chance of being dragged out. I've only been in in the summer, gets a little cold in the winter months

    There is also the Banff - Macduff bay swim, from one harbour to the other in the summer a fair number usually turn out for that one.

    The local kids like to jump off the rocks around Tarlair [an open air swimming pool no longer in use]
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    I agree with Cullykan too it was a lovely site. Further round at Crovie (away past the end of the village and it's outflows) could be a bit hairy with currents though.

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    Have a look at this book....

    http://www.wildswimming.co.uk/wild-swimming-new-book/

    Although I tried a recommended place on the upper reaches of the Thames and I wouldn't have washed my socks in there let alone swim. Sure there's some good ones listed in your area though.
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    Would this be what I used to call "swimming" but not in a pool?
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    or is it swimming without permission....
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    If you're living in Devon, there's a Devon wild swimming group on facebook that's pretty active.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/devonwildswimming/

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