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John Weller and Lola Culsán find themselves detained by the Dordogne river

‘Cunning plan, cunning plan’, she cries, her eyes sparkling with excitement. ‘Let’s swim downriver to the restaurant. I’ll buy you dinner. We can drink French wine and walk back across the bridge.’

We’re taking a brief rest stop en route to Galicia. The weather forecast is rain in Spain, so we’re staying put until the prospect improves – the joys of campervan living. Our location is the scenic Camping Du Bassin Nautique De Trémolat on the banks of the Dordogne, about 30km east of Bergerac, southwestern France. Trémolat sits in a valley at the top of a huge horseshoe bend in the river. The wide, sweeping waters have called to us like sirens ever since we arrived.

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Our April issue is our one-year anniversary issue, and it's a cracker to get you in the mood for the start of the main outdoor swimming season. On the training front, we've got a couple of kick and pull sets to try out or a fitness and technique boost, and would look at how poor technique may not only slow you down but also be a factor in shoulder injuries. Our contributor Becky Horsbrugh relates how she became a hero for a day in Bangladesh when she swam across the Bangla Channel. Then, just in case you thought outdoor swimming was a new thing, Richard Nelsson tells us the story of two swimmers from the 1950s who went about swimming in every tarn in the Lake District, naked.