Great Britain /UK

Swim The Channel Up North Challenge 2020

Date: 
Saturday, 13 June, 2020 (All day)

Swim the 36km length of the English Channel within a beautiful Cheshire Lake. An awesome challenge for swimmers bold and brave!

Colwyn Bay Oceanswim 2020

Date: 
Sunday, 7 June, 2020 (All day)

A superb sea swim that welcomes swimmers of all abilities over distances from 2-5km including a challenging 10km option. Be bold!

Greater Manchester Swim 2020

Date: 
Saturday, 16 May, 2020 (All day)

Enter an iconic City swim that welcomes swimmers of all abilities over distances from 500m to three miles. Super friendly, big and beautiful!

I swam 31 rivers in 31 days and survived, but we need a clean-up

Millions swim in open water and outdoor pools in the UK and we must press for better water standards

Why would you even want to swim in a UK river? It’s cold, it’s a bit mucky and yes, it comes with risk.

I may well die of some hideous waterborne flesh-eating virus that entered the water on the wing of a migrating bird, but I love river swimming.

From the Northumberland coast to swimming in Antarctica - Alnwick swimmer's epic challenge

Jane Hardy is used to the cold while swimming off the Northumberland coast, but why she's raising the bar by braving even colder waters

Open water swimmer Jane Hardy has learned to cope with the cold during her daily dips off the Northumberland coast.

The 53-year-old, who lives near Alnwick, puts in a swim of around a kilometre on her forays from her favourite beach.

Lack of cold temperatures felt within Doncaster's ice swimming community this winter

Chris Hill explores the link between climate change and the warmer than average rivers and lakes around Doncaster stopping his ambition of achieving an ice mile.

Explorer trains in Stratford to prep for 30-mile swim through freezing temperatures

International explorer and Discovery Channel host Justin Fornal is determined to conquer a 30-mile ice water swim with help from the Beardsley zoo.

"So, I’m going to attempt to do the first swim from Canada Greenland across the Nares Strait," Fornal explained while training in Stratford Sunday morning.

WINTERING IN WHITSTABLE

Feeling frozen out of life, Katherine May waded into the winter sea - and learned not to run straight back out again

The first time I entered the sea to swim at New Year, I thought I might die. I got in, felt my chest tighten, wondered if I would ever draw another breath, and then ran out again.

Banburyshire woman braves freezing waters for marine charity's fight against plastic

A woman from Shotteswell is swimming regularly in waters close to freezing temperatures to fitten up for a huge challenge.

The Subversive Joy of Cold-Water Swimming

Britons are skipping the heated pool and rediscovering the pleasures of lakes, rivers, and seas—even in winter.

In 1973, Roger Deakin, a British writer and environmental activist, acquired a tumbledown sixteenth-century farmhouse outside the ancient village of Mellis, in Suffolk, and began a restoration, repairing stone walls and replacing roof tiles. 

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