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Lindsey Cole dipped all the way from Devon to Scotland, connecting with swimmers on social media as she cycled around Britain
Last year Lindsey swam the Thames in a mermaid fin

I am fairly new to outdoor swimming. I fell head-over-tail in love with it when I mermaided the River Thames last November for a plastic awareness campaign. People appeared randomly and asked if they could join me. Then I received messages through social media inviting me to their swim spots throughout the country.

I’ve moved around a lot over the last 15 years and never really felt a part of a community. All of a sudden I’d inadvertently stitched myself into one without realising, and it felt wonderful. “One day, I’d love to cycle around Britain and connect with all these wild swimming communities,” I thought.

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Journeys can take many forms. This issue adventurer Alastair Humphreys tells how his account of busking across Spain became a personal memoir of a life lived adventurously; 'Urban Mermaid' Lindsey Cole recounts her tale of dipping to Scotland, meeting swimmers via social media as she cycled the length of the country; and travel writer Patrick Scott tells of a sacred swim in the river Ganges. If you have long distance challenges planned this summer our regular Olympian contributor, Cassie Patten, gives you top tips on how to recover from a 10km swim. Guest coach Keri-anne Payne continues her series on correct technique, this month looking at body position and rotation. And we have outdoor training session ideas to help you swim in a pack and advice to help you overcome any fears you have of the open water. As always we have the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.