2,000 Wild Swims across UK & Europe

The World's most comprehensive wild swimming guidebook

20 years of wild swimming research covering the following swims: 900 in UK, 290 in France, 375 in Spain, 265 in Italy, 65 in Ireland, 115 in Portugal, 18 in Slovenia, 35 in Switzerland, 20 in Greece and 120 elsewhere in Europe. 475pages inc. 39 colour pages, A4 size, 120 maps, 19 page index, swimming spot ratings, Grid Refs, GPS°, postcodes and disabled access.

We have 0 books remaining - July 2024 - please do NOT try to order one. However if you fancy becoming a wild swimming author, we are looking for someone to take over editing the book, if that is you then write to 2000wildswims (at) gmail.com

2000 wild swims in UK and Europe

Inspired by Roger Deakin's Waterlog, and encouraged by him personally, Rob first published this wild swimming guidebook privately to members of the Farleigh Hungerford River Swimming Club who, back in 2000, asked Rob to run off a few copies.

Since then it has grown in size, scope and detail every year. This edition brings maturity and includes details of even more wild swims in the UK and Europe and more maps.

To add interest, illustrations of historical and nautical events have been added to many maps.

Why this is the World's most comprehensive wild swimming guidebook

It now comprises 475 A4 pages with accurate coverage that allows you to make well-informed comparisons before venturing forth to explore the enchanted swims of UK & Europe. This is not some coffee table book but rather the definitive work for the ardent wild swimmer. With over 1,000 black and white pictures and 39 colour plates it is hugely comprehensive. And contains easy-to-remember colour safety signs. The huge index makes selecting swims more precise than relying on variable reports from web contributors - Rob has personally visited over 80% of sites listed. There are quirky anecdotes and stories thoughout, to round off this record of 20 years' research by one of Britain's most committed wild swimmers.

Call it open water, outdoor or wild swimming, this book contains more information on river and lake swimming (wild swimming) sites than any other known publication. As well as chapter maps there are, where necessary, detailed maps, usually with postcodes (UK), to help you find that blissful swim.

As Chairman of the World's oldest river swimming club (Farleigh & District), Rob has assiduously sought out recommendations from members and visitors to the Club. He believes that knowing the "provenance" of a site adds to the enjoyment of swimming there. So, where appropriate, 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? (Find out on pages 35 & 37.) As Chairman of the River & Lake Swimming Association (RALSA) Rob has appeared frequently on TV & Radio, always campaigning for the freedom to wild swim.

There is only one version. Geographical choices refer to postage only.
This revised edition, includes updates for Cornwall, East Anglia, the Midlands and North Yorkshire

UK inc P&P £23.95

Europe inc P&P £34.00

World inc P&P £52.50

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