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Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Gargrave – through chocolate water

“I was never going to find a canal in better weather conditions than this, so I stopped the car, crossed a field to a lock, and went up the towpath to a quiet spot, wondering about old bicycles, prams and supermarket trolleys on the canal bed. 642 more words

Roger Deakin

Cowside Beck – Looking for the tufa pool

“At length I came upon a small spinney of ash by the banks, and the promising sound of a waterfall. And there, just below, was the elusive tufa pool and the sparkle of animated water chasing its tail around it…I stripped and dived in. 693 more words

Roger Deakin

Bathing in the Yukon River

Current location: Beez Kneez Hostel, Whitehorse, YT

Finally, I feel clean!

I had originally planned to rent a kayak and paddle to Schwatka Lake, but there was a two person minimum so I rented a bicycle instead. 227 more words

Beezley Falls – stealing a waterfall swim

“That evening, I swam alone at night fall in one of the village swimming holes: the black pool below the beezley Falls on the River Doe. 1,149 more words

Roger Deakin

River Lune, Kirkby Lonsdale – underneath the Devil’s Bridge

“At Kirkby Lonsdale that afternoon, a hot wind ruffled the blanket of Virginia creeper on the walls of the Royal Hotel by the town square…I swam down past the town parkland, then in faster water that surged through giant dark–grey boulders towards the stone–arched devil’s bridge.” 582 more words

Roger Deakin

Farleigh and District Swimming Club, River Frome

“I arrived in the mid–morning on an enchanting south–facing grassy hillside, swooping down to the riverside through a sheltered little water meadow almost within sight of the old castle at Farleigh…There wasn’t a soul about; everyone was at work, but I had been told to help myself to a swim anyway.” 678 more words

Roger Deakin

Chagford Pool – freshwater lido swimming

“I also visited the charming village of Chagford, fed by the River Teign, with an outdoor cafe. It is fringed with trees down one side and – the last thing you expect to see on the edge of Dartmoor – a vigorous hedge of bamboo.” 594 more words

Roger Deakin