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Simon Griffiths explores a delightful stretch of the Thames upstream of Oxford

From the privately owned and beautiful toll bridge at Swinford (which costs 5p for cars to cross), the Thames looks to be hardly moving. It’s only when you cross the footbridge over the weir at Eynsham Lock, 100m downstream, that you see the river’s power. Swim Oxford’s 6km Lock to Lock swim starts just below this point. Swimmers’ first task is to jump into the fast flowing stream and let the current carry them towards the start line, a regulation green buoy that marks the safe route for river cruisers and barges heading into the lock. Here the current swirls back on itself – not fast enough to be dangerous, but enough to cause a bit of amusement trying to stay in one place while waiting for the start signal.

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In this issue we explore wild swimming in Scandinavia, where the right to roam extends to swimming outdoors – in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. We also bring you reports from some our favourite events of the summer – more swims for you to add to your bucket list! We hear from Howard James and Sabrina Wiedmer about their record breaking swims – the earliest (and coldest) English Channel crossing and the first woman to cross the Dál Raita Channel, respectively. And if that all sounds a bit too hardcore and serious, Dan Abel shows us how to keep our swimming fun. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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