The concept is simple: we’re going to attempt to take a dip in every stretch of water swum by Roger Deakin in his 1999 masterpiece Waterlog. We’ll look at how places have changed, how wild swimming’s new found popularity has challenged perceptions and have a whole heap of fun on the way.
I have just re-read Waterlog for the fourth time, at least! and each time it is like reading it new, for the first time! I love your blog! So nice to see pictures of where Roger went. I can’t imagine swimming in a river, having been brought up in London with chlorinated swimming pools, but it looks like wonderful fun. I hope you have a fabulous time re-swimming waterlog, and will look forward to reading about your adventures.
Thanks very much for your kind comments. I have lots of swims planned now that the weather has finally turned, so I’ll be posting lots over the summer. River swimming is undoubtedly my favourite – I can highly recommend the Granta in Cambridgeshire. Just 45 minutes on the train and a half an hour walk from the station. And a world away from the centre of town.
Hi Annie, I am from the land down under and my Librarian friend (sister) supplied Waterlog as Christmas reading; then read it herself, and is now in the UK swimming some of the water holes, hence I am getting this feedback. I did feel a bit lonely some days in our southern ocean on cold days with the beach to myself. Oh well, the world is full of different people. John.