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THEY’VE PUT US ON THE MAP

Is the Lake District National Park the first Wild Swimming World Heritage Site, asks Pete Kelly

TALES FROM UP NORTH

Sitting among the water mint, spearwort and forget-menot while wriggling into my trunks, I peer through the rushes and a smile comes to my face when I see my two new friends discovering the joys of swimming in one of my favourite tarns. The wild flowers I’m trying not to crush with my bum are giving off the smell I associate with this place and I’m glad to see the pair of great crested grebes diving around the margins by the lilies; both kinds, Nuphar lutea and Nymphaea alba are just starting to show us their best. The scene is so perfectly tranquil, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a Naiad popped her head up out of the water to pass the time of day.

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Flicking through my Facebook feed on a weekend I am always astounded by the sheer variety of challenges swimmers around the world take on, from wild dips to awe-inspiring marathon swims. This past month Caroline Block finished just short of a two-way North Channel crossing; Chloë McCardel announced her new world record attempt – a four-way English Channel; and Sarah Thomas swam into the record books with a 104-mile swim in Lake Champlain. It often makes me feel very inadequate! But sometimes swimming is about more than just swimming This issue we look at how you can give back to the swimming community, and Becky Horsbrugh visits Bangladesh to work for a drowning prevention charity. Author Victoria Whitworth talks about the transformative power of swimming outdoors and coach Mat Hudson explains how to swim strong for life. Plus, wildlife, nutrition, training, wild swimming and reviews. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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