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Cycling The 20 Bridges

LYING ON A TOW BOARD BEHIND A JET SKI KAREN LOOKED LIKE A GLEAMING WHITE MERMAID

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Plan your 'New Year, New Adventures' with our pick of must-do swims for 2020. Plus, how to plan a sea swim, training aids on test, the fastest way to turn around a buoy, ice swimming, the history of multi-Channel crossings, wildlife, how to reduce sanitary product waste in our seas, swimmers influenced by water to change their lives, swimming in volcanoes, urban wild swimming... Join our Swim Wild and Free community!

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Aspiring Robben Island swimmers will now need to seek
Do we need to censor our covers?
Send your swim snaps to editor@outdoorswimmer.com
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#vanlife as an insect.
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Pete Kelly meets the granddaughter of William Heaton-Cooper, artist and author of the classic book The Tarns of Lakeland
Whatever the outcome of Brexit and the election, the river is always there.
Features
Whether you are a beginner or marathon swimmer, here are this year’s must-do swims
A new campaign to reduce single-plastic use is focussing on what we flush down our toilets.
The history of multi-way crossings of the English Channel.
Excel
Olympic medallist Cassie Patten answers your swimming queries
Keri-anne Payne explains the fastest way to get around a buoy – and how to incorporate it into your winter pool training
Pool training in January requires more flexibility than usual to beat the bulge in lane usage, says Simon Griffiths
Author William Thomson explores how to plan a swim around tides, currents, wind and swell
Swimmer and scientist perspectives on ice swimming: your questions answered
Sports psychology consultant Helen Davis helps ice mile challenger Lisa Grandcourt
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to build new habits. After the indulgence of Christmas, it’s refreshing to ditch the starchy carbs and replace them with a wholegrain alternative to kickstart your new year training plan. They’re typically high in iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, B vitamins and dietary fibre and have been linked to lower the risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. It’s a perfect habit to build this year!
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