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WAYFARER IN THE WILDER NESS

Artist Sam Mould is swimming every tarn in the Lake District, investigating the relationship between wild swimming and landscape

WILD Swimming Special

Credit: Kath Broomfield

SWIMMING FOR GLEE

Water: always the same, never the same. It’s February 2016, the harsh winter storms have run amuck in the Lake District. It’s been eight months since completing a cold-water swim every day for a year to investigate what it actually meant to be in a landscape and exposed to its elements. For my trouble I have a collection of water from different locations, many a vague map, some rocks and a weighty diary. Prior to this I had barely dipped a toe in open water. If I’m honest, it freaked me out. The dark depths created a deep angst about what was loitering within, but over the course of a year I managed to get a grip of myself and become comfortable with dipping in very cold lakes and rivers.

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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
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