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IN MEMORY OF LYNNE ROPER

'Lynne Roper, wild swimming blogger and inspirational advocate for outdoor swimming, has died at the young age of 55. Her friend and fellow Devon swimmer Sophie Pierce pays tribute

How to sum up Lynne? When I first met her I was fascinated by her apparent contradictions. A former RAF servicewoman and Margaret Thatcher supporter, she was now a raving leftie (and she’d be very proud to be described as such). She’d gone to art school, but was now a paramedic. She had a particular interest in and love of witches; a witch dolly always hung from the rear view mirror in her beloved camper van.

I met her, of course, through swimming. She’d turned to the water to help her recover from breast cancer, and a double mastectomy. A few years ago, when the outdoor swimming network was in its infancy, I met her through Facebook. We met with a few others in a windy car park in Torquay one December day, and set off to swim through a natural arch called London Bridge. Around the back of the arch we discovered a cave and swam in, where we got bounced up and down by the swell, narrowly avoiding banging our heads. We laughed hysterically and there was an immediate bond.

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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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