The Wild Swimming Brothers
The Wild Swimming Brothers
Three brothers. Born in Yorkshire. Raised in the Lake District.

the brothers’ swim

Meet Jack, Calum and Robbie Hudson...


THREE BROTHERS from the pastry-crusted outback of Northern England. They grew up swimming together in the Lake District - floating down narrow rivers, diving off piers and building more campsites than you could shake a marshmallow stick at. Then in time working life began to loom and the boys stumbled into that deathly clinch, commonly referred to as... adulthood

Soon the brothers noticed that they and many of their friends had parted from the natural world. They’d settled willingly into the urban grind. The only wild animals they saw daily were a few world-weary pigeons. Stress, apathy and social anxiety had become commonplace. A widespread dislocation was underway.

Intent on reclaiming their childhood, rediscovering the value of the outdoors for themselves and others, the brothers opted to reunite in Cumbria for one long River Eden swim that would change the course of their lives forever…

And so, like a big ol’ butterfly shaking off its chrysalis, the Wild Swimming Brothers were born.

Brothers (from left to right): Jack, Calum and Robbie Hudson

Brothers (from left to right): Jack, Calum and Robbie Hudson

We want to inspire people of all ages to take part in wild swimming. For many reasons this sport holds a special place in all three of our hearts. It has changed our lives. By swimming different rivers, ponds, lakes and seas we hope to encourage others to live more creatively and to reconnect with the natural world.


Little Brother Jack (27) is a writer. In his teens he worked as a lifeguard and divided his working day between sitting still and being in water. Now he can often be found floating along on slow currents when he really should be swimming.

Jack has written for the Sunday Telegraph, BA Highlife and Another Escape. He was also the Guest Adventure Editor at Red Bull UK. He currently works as content manager for the expedition clothing brand, Shackleton.

His debut book Swim Wild is out now in Waterstones and other UK bookshops.

Jack is represented as a writer by Richard Pike at Conville & Walsh.



Middle Brother Calum (29) is the modern-day Gandalf who led the other two from sequestered lives in Hobbit comfort to a 90-mile swim down the River Eden.

He works at the events management company Eventbrite and is a veteran of extreme triathlons, from Celtman and Ironman to The Double Brutal.

Nature was his first love, ever since he first picked up a heavy encyclopaedia and thumbed through it memorising species’ names and sites of natural wonder around the world.

Calum is represented as a presenter by Vanessa Fogarty at Conville & Walsh.



Big Brother Robbie (31) is the eldest of the trio - the proverbial coal-mine-canary sent to test the gloom of adulthood before the other two.

He now works as an artist between Berlin and Slovakia, as well as being editor-in-chief of BOXROX. Some of his swim-inspired VARC paintings were also recently shown during a solo exhibition at the Kendal Arts Centre.

As a kid it was clear Rob had his Mum's artistic genes. He often drew unflattering caricatures of his teachers and defiled his homework with complex cartoon worlds. Today he sketches and paints using wild swimming as inspiration.


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