Rob Fryer's Wild Swimming Europe
The most comprehensive wild swimming/outdoor swimming guidebook ever:
1,250 sites spread over the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and elsewhere. 284 pages, A4 size, 42 maps, 18 page index, swimming spot ratings, Grid Refs, Lat° Long°, postcodes and disabled access.
Inspired by Roger Deakin's Waterlog, and encouraged by him personally, Rob first published this book privately to members of the river swimming club at Farleigh Hungerford, who, back in 2000, demanded Rob run off a few copies for them.
Since then it has grown in size, scope and detail every year. Following the hot summer of 2013, this edition brings maturity and includes many additions and revisions to North Wales, the Lake District, Scotland, Corsica, Provence and West France, besides the addition of longitude, latitude co-ordinates for all areas, more maps and more detail to existing maps.
To add interest, illustrations of historical and nautical events have been added to many maps. Nearly all chapters have now been divided into sections to enable easier access. There are also revisions to Spain and Italy and now maps of Iceland and the Yucatan in Mexico.
the World's most comprehensive wild swimming guide
It now comprises 284 pages of double column A4, with 1,250 wild swimming sites spread over the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and many other popular holiday destination countries. Not so much a coffee table book or a book to inspire you to swim, but more an informative and critical book. With over 600 black and white pictures it could certainly be called comprehensive. Safety becomes fun with the with easy-to-remember colour safety signs. The huge index makes selecting swims more precise than relying on variable reports from web contributors, as Rob has visited and rated most of the sites in the UK. There are little quirky anecdotes and stories thoughout to round off this record of 15 years' research into an entertaining summer companion.
Call it open water, outdoor or wild swimming, this book contains more information on river and lake swimming (ie wild swimming) sites than any other known publication. The chapter maps show only selected swims so that a quick overview of the best swims in a region is simple. As Chair of England's only river swimming club (Farleigh), Rob has assiduously sought out recommendations from members and visitors to the Club.
He believes that, like a treasured heirloom, knowing the "provenance" of a site adds to the enjoyment of swimming there. Some site histories and details of lost sites are also given (but not counted). Wherever possible the names that local swimmers use for a site have been used, and other local words mentioned. For instance: What exactly is a goyle? As chair of the River & Lake Swimming Association (RALSA) he has appeared frequently on TV, always campaigning for the freedom to swim.
Rob believes in campaigning, which may mean telling uncomfortable truths. Some people would even like this book banned. One bookshop has received requests not to stock it!
Order your wild swimming guide today
This year's edition is now available for immediate delivery (March 2014). Order here at the foot of this page for £14.95 (UK postage paid). DISCOUNT COPIES are available for just £10 by collecting from Warminster, Wilts. Ring 07733 191395 to arrange.
As it is not registered under the ISBN system it is not available from either Amazon or bookshop chains. However a number of independent West Country bookshops do stock it.
UK inc Post £14.95
Europe inc airmail £19
World inc airmail £25