Wild Swimming


Wild Swimming: Coast provides all the practical information you’ll need to find and enjoy more than 350 magical swims in some of the least-visited parts of the UK’s stunning coastline.

Imagine a summer of swimming, exploring by the sea and discovering secret beaches and sandy coves, smugglers’ caves and deep lagoons. Britain’s beautiful coastline is studded with hidden places to swim, snorkel and sunbathe… We’re delighted to announce the imminent arrival of the companion volume to the original Wild Swimming book. A guide to the most extraordinary and wonderful places to plunge and bathe around Britain’s coast.

In this great British tour you’ll be able to swim with dolphins in Cornwall, dive through rock arches in Dorset, discover wild beaches in Essex and explore deserted islands in Norfolk. You’ll also read ancient tales of smugglers, poets, kings and pirates.wild-swimming-UK coast-1

Whether you’re a water baby or an occasional dipper, there are ideas for the whole family. Go snorkelling, rock-pooling or catch your own supper. Build a beach kite, swim in midnight phosphorescence or find a beach pub with a roaring fire. If you don’t like driving, you’ll find cycle routes, walks and train information. For the intrepid, there’s information on wild camping, cave swimming, cliff jumping and coastal scrambling. And for every location you’ll find difficulty ratings and safety guidelines.

Wild Swimming: Coast combines inspirational photos, engaging writing and practical information in a truly original travel guide. Come on in – the water’s lovely!

Wild Swims – our favourites at a glance

We’ve picked out our favourite types if wild swims, here are the categories from our index section that will help you find what your looking for a perfect dip and day out:

* Beach Camping – Paddle in the sunset, pitch your tent, wake up with a splash
* Cosy Pubs -A pub within reach, for après-swim warmth and refreshment
* Sunset Views – West-facing coves; perfect for watching the sun go down
* Sea Food – From curry to crab sandwiches, cream teas to big breakfasts
* Secret Islands – Uninhabited islets and lagoons: be Robinson Crusoe for a day
* Skinny-dipping – Beautiful naturist beaches and remote locations
* Caves and Arches – Temples of the ocean. Swim through arches and explore sea caves
* Great for Families and Picnics – Off the beaten track, but les than 10mins from the car
* Plunge Pools – Deluxe rock pools, warmed by the sun and big enough to swim in
* Best for Jumps – Traditional places to jump and dive. Always check the depth
* Leave the Car at Home – Swims and beaches an hour or so’s walk from a train station
* Literature and Legend – Atmospheric haunts of artists, writers and adventurers

Best beach and coast activities – from coasteering to wild food
You’ll also find an annexe section with full information on safety and sea skills. There’s also a wildlife spotting guide, infromation on seashore foraging, ideas for beach games and fun with kids, information on boogie boarding, sea kayaking and some starter information on the sport of coasteering. Enjoy!

About the author

Daniel Start is an award-winning travel writer and photographer and the author of Wild Swimming, the bestselling guidebook to enjoying the summer and exploring the freshwater swimming holes of Britain. As a boy he lived for several years in the far west of Cornwall and has spent the last 10 years touring the UK coastline, charting its secret coves, wild beaches and plunge pools. He also works as an environmental consultant.

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