Once the preserve of SAS boot camps, outdoor swims in icy lakes and chilly seas are going mainstream
In search of inner calm and the ultimate natural high, growing numbers of Britons are braving freezing temperatures to swim in the great outdoors. From freshwater lakes and icy mountain pools to the thrashing waves of the sea, wild winter swimming – once the preserve of thrill-seekers and SAS training camps – is fast going mainstream.
Hundreds of clubs have formed across the country, according to the Outdoor Swimming Society, which has seen membership soar to more than 70,000 over the past two years, compared with only a couple of hundred a decade ago.
Why wild swimming in depths of winter is the new natural high