We are passionate about wild swimming. It's our aim to inspire people to feel confident and informed enough to be able to go out experience the profound  sense of connection swimming in nature brings. On this page you will find links to useful outdoor swimming related articles and projects.

Why I Swim

Our Why I Swim project can be found here – ordinary folks to telling their extraordinary swim stories. Take a look and message us if you would like your story to be featured.

Pop Up Winter Warmth

You don't have to be cold. Choose to dip in water covered in sheets of ice, and get the most out of it, but also choose to get toasty. 
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5 Simple Ways to Exercise Your Right to Roam

Following your regular footpaths along to what nature has to offer, you might not realise the vast majority of England and Wales is not accessible to you. The 'Law of Trespass' means we are actually banned from setting foot on hundreds and thousands of acres of open space.      The Law...

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Feral Christmas Film list

“Sleigh bells ring are you listening…?” I’m sure you are, they’re jingling all over town. While the proper bit of Christmas cheer is very welcome; the food, the time off work, the chance to catch up with family and friends, there’s something all-consuming about this season's festivities – and they...

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Wild Water Film Premiere

It's been two years in the making but Wild Water is finally out and holding its UK premiere at Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2023 on 16th November at 8pm. You can book tickets here. There will also be a Q & A with the director & producer plus some of the swimmers featuring in...

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A dip into history and healing at St Dyfnog's Holy Well

We recently had the pleasure of taking a taking a dip in the (very cold) St Dyfnogs well, Llanrhaeadr, North Wales. Saint Dyfnog, born into wealth, chose a simpler life as a monk. He settled in an isolated wooded area with a spring-fed stream and built a small wooden church,...

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Breathing and Swimming

Breathing and Swimming:Connect to your breath during cold water exposure By Breathing Expert and Advanced Oxygen Advantage Instructor Thomas Hague, The Breath @thebreathcoachuk It’s 06.30 on Monday 20th March and it's cold and drizzling outside with a heavy sea mist hovering over Ilfracombe Harbor, Devon where I take my daily...

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Ice swimmer, adventurer and fellow Feral Friend Fenwick Ridley has been busy! Here he tells us more about his recent ice swimming events... I am so chuffed and powered by my recent ice swimming events, which included six winter events and a stack of personal bests, trophies, and medals. It...

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7 years of the January Daily Dip

  The January Daily Dip is now in its 7th year, its been quite a journey! December 2018 me and my mate Sonya were feeling distressed and helpless about the horrific plight of the Syrian refugees. Sonya came up with the idea of dipping every day in January to raise...

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Sick of all the sh*t?

We were outraged to see nearly 50 pollution alerts across beaches in England and Wales last week. The government tells us these sewage discharges are a necessity when managing drainage capacity during torrential rain. But this is becoming an all too common excuse, allowing them to continue releasing untreated water...

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Swimming and Yoga

I’m not a natural swimmer, although I had lessons and learned to swim when I was quite young I never enjoyed it. The two state primary schools that I went to both had open air swimming pools. It seems like a luxury nowadays but to me it was like torture,...

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Wild Water

Gaddings Dam holds a very special place in our hearts and Swim Feral almost certainly wouldn't exist without it. Wild Water is a new documentary based around the West Yorkshire Dam directed by regular dipper Ben Davis for Paper Vision Films. And it would have been a challenge for him to make the film without...

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Cold water and ME

Remember those water safety videos shown in schools? Well, they were probably aimed at me - but I ignored them. I was that kid jumping in dirty canals and swimming in deep reservoirs all through the school holidays. Water has always drawn me in. From Llyn Peninsula camping holidays, jumping...

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