The Best Books About Wild Swimming
Wild swimming is enjoyable, non-competitive swimming of any distance in seas, lakes, rivers, bays and reservoirs, performed for pleasure, adventure, or fitness.
Kate Rew – Outdoor Swimming Society
Kate Rew is the world’s most renowned author of wild swimming. The founder and visionary of the Outdoor Swimming Society penned a vibrant, engaging personal journey around some of the United Kingdom’s best outdoor swimming spots. Rew described her early love of wild swimming developed during summer days on her family’s farm in Devonshire, England.
The childhood expeditions developed into a lifelong passion, prompting Rew to author Wild Swim: River, Lake, Lido and Sea: the Best Places to Swim Outdoors in Britain in 2008 and The Outdoor Swimmers’ Handbook in 2022.
‘An important, inspiring book by someone that has encouraged million of people to experience the wonders and friendships of Britain’s rivers, lakes and seas’ ROBERT MACFARLANE
‘A treasured guide for anyone who wants to venture into rivers, estuaries, lakes and seas for a dip, a moonlit swim or a great adventure. I loved this book!’ LYNNE COX
Capturing the freewheeling spirit, community and wisdom that defines The Outdoor Swimming Society movement, founder Kate Rew reveals everything you need to know to explore rivers, lakes, seas and estuaries. Sharing tales of her own inspiring swims, Kate explores the rich and varied life of outdoor swimmers, from the physiology of cold to planning lazy hazy downstream swims.
An exquisite guide for beginners and enthusiasts alike, The Outdoor Swimmers’ Handbook will lead you to the shore and become your trusted companion for the adventures ahead.
In this beautiful and inspiring guide Kate Rew, founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society, takes the reader on a wild journey across Britain as she plunges into rivers, lakes, lidos and seas. Together with documentary photographer Dominick Tyler she tells the stories of over 100 remarkable swims. Each is a mini-adventure, accommodating humour, glee, beauty, discomfort and hard fact as she and a band of fellow swimmers travel the country with enough common sense to avoid drowning and enough recklessness to dive in. As well as tales for armchair swimmers, this book contains everything needed for would-be adventurers to make their own journeys, with over 300 referenced swim spots. There’s something for everyone – waterfalls, natural jacuzzis, sea caves and mellow rivers – suiting every kind of swimmer from a five-year-old in water-wings to an epic adventurer, wild camper, hiker, lazy-hazy summer picnicker or cold-water connoisseur.Containing swim ratings, useful contacts and a fully comprehensive map, “Wild Swim” is the definitive guide to outdoor swimming in Britain from the Outer Hebrides to the Isles of Scilly and everywhere in between.
Outdoor Swimming Society website
Daniel Start – Wild Swimming
Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming Britain: 300 Hidden Dips in the Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Britain, Wild Swimming Coast: Explore the Secret Coves and Wild Beaches of Britain, and Wild Swimming France and publisher of Wild Swimming Spain, has also helped popularize wild swimming throughout Europe. Start writes about plunging in secret or hidden places, sometimes in wilderness areas, and aquatic adventure such as jumping or diving from a height, using swings and slides, or riding down river current.
The all-new bumper second edition of the best-selling Wild Swimming photo guide is now fully revised and expanded to include 150 NEW amazing wild swimming locations (almost 400 in total), brand new coverage in the South-East and the Midlands, new information for kids and families, new ideas for pubs, campsites, boat trips and weekends, new ratings on safety and access. This revised and expanded edition of Wild Swimming features the same winning formula of stunning photography, engaging travel writing and practical guidance, and is set to continue as the definitive guide to outdoor swimming in wild Britain.
Daniel Start’s Wild Swimming website