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WINTERING IN WHITSTABLE

Feeling frozen out of life, Katherine May waded into the winter sea - and learned not to run straight back out again

The first time I entered the sea to swim at New Year, I thought I might die. I got in, felt my chest tighten, wondered if I would ever draw another breath, and then ran out again.

Banburyshire woman braves freezing waters for marine charity's fight against plastic

A woman from Shotteswell is swimming regularly in waters close to freezing temperatures to fitten up for a huge challenge.

The Subversive Joy of Cold-Water Swimming

Britons are skipping the heated pool and rediscovering the pleasures of lakes, rivers, and seas—even in winter.

In 1973, Roger Deakin, a British writer and environmental activist, acquired a tumbledown sixteenth-century farmhouse outside the ancient village of Mellis, in Suffolk, and began a restoration, repairing stone walls and replacing roof tiles. 

The health benefits and risks of cold water swimming

Want to get in on the joys of cold water swimming? We explore the many health benefits and outline how to stay safe in the open water.
Cold water swimming may seem like an odd pastime to the uninitiated.

The UK’s toughest open water swimming challenge returns to city’s Maryhill Locks

If you are looking for the ultimate challenge in the new year, then think Red Bull Neptune Steps.

The UK’s toughest open water swimming challenge returns to Maryhill Locks this spring.

With the first round of entries selling out in less than a day, a second wave of tickets has been released by Red Bull.

Swimming beyond summer: how SwimBowen inspired off-season dips into Howe Sound waters

In the midst of the cold and clouds, why would anyone choose to swim in the frigidity of our local ocean –let alone in the morning, when the light’s barely risen to reveal the icicles stuck to your eyelids? Okay, maybe not icicles. But the water’s chilly at the best of times. Surely, there must be better ways to commune with Mother Nature and this island we call home than to plunge into the Pacific and that practice of penance known as post-summer ocean swimming. Why do it?!

Swimming in freezing Winter waters: Insane or exhilarating?

It is hard not to notice how swimming in the outdoors has taken off in the UK over the last few years.

But while jumping in the water on a summer’s day might be refreshing, some hardy folk continue dipping in freezing temperatures throughout the Winter. Megan Titley speaks open water swimmers from the M.A.L.L.O.W.S Facebook group to find out if they are insane or actually, more sane than otherwise.

Swimmers urged to avoid Boxing Day dip

PEOPLE are being urged not to attempt to swim across the River Thames in Henley on Boxing Day.

The informal “Boxing Day dip”, which first took place in 2009, has become a tradition but Henley Open Water Swimming Club says people should stay at home because the river conditions are dangerous and someone could be killed.

Lewis Pugh to train in Lewis for Antarctic lake swim

An environmental campaigner is to prepare for swim in Antarctica with an 11-day training camp in Lewis.

Lewis Pugh, an endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, will start his training in the Western Isles on 29 December.

He has invited wild swimming enthusiasts to join him on his training swims in sea off Lewis.

The ice breakers. How Scotland's ice swimmers taught me to love the cold.

The snow-covered surface of an icy loch, for some is just an invitation to get out the sledgehammer, hack away and plunge in. When Vicky Allan and photographer Anna Deacon, cold water lovers themselves, started to research their book on the health benefits of wild swimming, it was the ice swimmers that lured them most.

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