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John Weller and Lola Culsán, authors of Wild Swimming Spain, explore the wild swimming joys of Catalonia

WILD Swimming Special

Why have five whimsical, watery grottoes evolved around one tiny Catalonian village? How does it feel to swim through the bell tower of a long-abandoned church? What joys are to be found jumping into turquoise waters under the gigantic arches of an early Roman toll bridge?

Arriving at GRO airport – en route to a cultural break within the medieval walls of northern Cataluña’s largest city, or heading east to the resorts of the Costa Brava – most travellers are unaware of the wild swimming joys that lie in wait near this historic capital. We invite you to share some of the silvery secrets of the volcanic region of La Garrotxa.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

In this issue we are celebrating the joy of wild swimming. There is more to swimming outdoors than organised events and races; wild swimming gives you space to experience nature, adventure, freedom and creativity. Seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, streams and lochs... look at a map and any blue space is a possibility to swim. As contributor Sam Mould writes in ‘Wayfarer in the Wilderness’, her exploration of wild swimming and landscape: “I feel that I have become dislocated from the natural world, from the wild environment and the inexorable rawness of nature.” Wild swimming goes some way to redress that balance. We hope you enjoy the stories within these pages, whether you like dipping in tarns in the Lake District or swimming across lakes in Switzerland, and get some new ideas for your own wild swimming adventures around the country and the world. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor