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Bryanston - swimming the Dorset Stour

“I went in off a concrete slipway and swam downstream between banks of trees in water that was still and soupy, but smelled clean enough. The bow–wave I made stretched in a wide arrowhead from bank to bank.” 654 more words

Roger Deakin


She was a brave lady… the water was fast and chilly!  I wanted to share these screen caps as I think she was quite spectacular!


Cowside Beck - back to the tufa pool

“I wondered how many walkers must have slid into these tempting waters, remote and hidden though they are. Sunlight reflected back off the rounded white rocks on the bottom, and soft cushions of fine, tight grass and thyme were scattered languidly around the margins.” 679 more words

Roger Deakin

Hell Gill - the descent

“I couldn’t help it. I began to slide into the mouth of the abyss itself. I found myself in the first of a series of smooth limestones cups four or five feet in diameter…stepped at an acute down a flooded gulley of hollow limestone that spiralled into the unknown.” 930 more words

Roger Deakin

River Wharfe – in the shadow of Bolton Abbey

“On a bend in the river below the abbey ruins, there is a wide sandy beach and I fully expected to see John The Baptist rise up amongst the bathers and bless them all for having the sense and self–reliance for going swimming in the wild.” 484 more words

Roger Deakin

Helford River – swimming at Durgan

“There can new few more inspiring sights than the oak–wood that crowds the water’s edge and spills over the Helford River, stretching out branches far over the narrow strip of beach that disappears under a spring tide when the river is brim full.” 542 more words

Roger Deakin

Fowey estuary – Cornish swimming

“That afternoon I swam out into the harbour mouth, just to get a feel of the water and currents, I hadn’t intended it to be more than a short trial run, but was just settling nicely into the rhythm of the swim, and deciding that I might as well keep going, when I was suddenly intercepted by the coastguard.” 673 more words

Roger Deakin