I was very happy to be included in an article called In Praise of Winter Swimming that appeared in The Guardian a little while back. It was a great opportunity to talk about my own motivation for getting into wild swimming and why I think it should be something more people take part in, as a means of escaping the modern world and getting back in touch with nature.

Following is an extract from the personal story I added:

I grew up on the river Eden: our garden ran down to the water and we used to just go and jump in. When my parents sold our family home, I wanted an excuse to get back to Cumbria so my two brothers and I decided to swim the length of the Eden – all 90 miles of it. We started at the source, which is little more than a bog in the hills near the North Yorkshire border; it was just big enough for all three of us to get in and we swam about 10 miles a day over nine days, camping along the way. There were a few hairy moments but it was amazing to see the countryside from the river. Our challenge for 2016 is to swim across the world’s two biggest whirlpools: Moskstraumen and Saltstraumen in Norway.

I grew up on the river Eden: our garden ran down to the water and we used to just go and jump in.

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