Swimming Wild in the Lake District

The most beautiful wild swimming spots in the larger lakes

Author: Suzanna Cruickshank

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Paperback publication date: 09 Apr 2020

Paperback ISBN: 9781912560622

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WINNER: Lakeland Book Awards 2021 – Bill Rollinson Prize

Swimming Wild in the Lake District by Suzanna Cruickshank is an informative and inspiring book for both new and experienced wild swimmers, exploring the larger lakes in the beautiful Lake District National Park. Contains all the inspiration, practical advice and local knowledge you need to plan your next adventure.

Shortlisted: TGO Magazine Outdoor Book of the Year Swimming Wild in the Lake District by Suzanna Cruickshank is an informative and inspiring book for both new and experienced wild swimmers, exploring the larger lakes in the beautiful Lake District National Park. The book explores secluded wild swimming locations in the tourist hotspots of Windermere and Derwent Water and takes you to the tranquil hidden gems of Bassenthwaite, Crummock Water and Devoke Water, with the emphasis on taking time to enjoy the stunning surroundings. Imagine yourself gliding through clear, still water, surrounded by rugged fells, with only the sound of birdsong to accompany you. The book is full of useful tips for both new and experienced wild swimmers; it contains sections on getting started in wild swimming, how to look after your own safety and impartial advice on all the essential kit you’ll need, as well as what you don’t need. Illustrated with stunning photography, and featuring overview maps, the book has all the practical information you need to plan your wild swimming adventure, including access to the lakes by car or public transport where possible, thorough information about the best wild swimming locations on all the featured lakes and details of the best pubs and cafes for a much-needed post-swim drink or meal. Suzanna vividly describes her wild swimming experiences and brings the characteristics of each lake to life. Whether you’re an experienced wild swimmer or just dipping your toes in the water for the first time you’ll find plenty to inspire your next adventure.

Suzanna Cruickshank is an outdoor swim guide based in the Lake District. She moved to Cumbria on a whim in 2006 after climbing one mountain and has been in love with the area ever since. She has her own business, Suzanna Swims, leading guided swims and swim-hikes for groups and individuals. Suzanna set the business up based on her experiences leading all-women walking groups and strives to offer low-key and unpressured swims with no competitive or training element. In her spare time she loves to walk in the quieter parts of the Lake District on the lookout for great places to swim. Suzanna has competed at the Winter Swimming World Championships and was a medallist in the inaugural Scottish Winter Swimming Championships in 2019. She lives in West Cumbria with her ferocious dog Rosie. Swimming Wild in the Lake District is her first book.

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