Swimming for the Brave
Not for the faint-hearted, but such a rewarding and fresh experience.
28 October 2015 / Outdoors
“Fresh, snappy, punishing, brilliant and hellish all at the same time.” That’s how one paid-up Outdoor Swimmer describes the experience.
Would you even…? Well consider this. Even though it’s not recommended for the faint-hearted (literally), asthmatics or pregnant women, if you’re healthy and up for adventure, Britain’s the perfect spot for a bit of outdoor swimming: http://wildswim.com.
It’s cold enough to make it a rewarding, yet not so cold it’ll freeze your… extremities off. There’s the sea of course. From Burton Bradstock in Dorset to Talisker Bay in Skye you’ll find wonderful, wintry waters – and maybe have them all to yourself.
Or you can join a crowd of like-minded nutcrackers and plunge into a lake or a Lido with the best of them. Crummock Water in the Lake District, Jubilee Pool in Penzance or the Serpentine bang in the middle of London’s Hyde Park are just a few of many all over the country just waiting to be splashed about in.
Serious advice on the before and after though: the body needs good, wholesome fuel inside it (you know where this is going, right?), so what better excuse do you need to fire up the toaster and tuck into a few slices of hot, crunchy, nutty Vogel’s toast? Peanut butter’s a good p0wer-packed topping. Cheese and marmite work well too. Steamed spinach and a runny poached egg could take your mind off the daunting task ahead. (It’s good to know you can follow our ‘Keep Exploring’ ethos without even leaving the kitchen.)
Once the deed is done (they recommend breathing OUT as you jump in by the way, it helps stop the freeze-reflex) wrap up, get home and lay it on thick. Butter, jam or honey that is. Our Superseeded bloomer has even bigger slices for more of your delicious and thoroughly well-deserved toast treats!