What should I pack? For shorter trips - just swimming gear and a towel. Goggles, aqua shoes and flippers are useful for lengthier swims

Wild Swimming in Lake Windermere

Wild Swimming in Lake Windermere

Concerned about the cold? Wet suits may be the answer. If you really feel the cold, select a higher thickness

Where should I head? A UK weather hotspot, Cornwall's picturesque coves and creeks are ideal for Spring

How Can I Prepare? Use the Swim Trek Training plan to grow endurance pre-trip swimtrek.com

How to last the distance: Don't be afraid to take on a lengthy swim - salt water's buoyancy and focusing on a target ahead will keep you going

Where should I head?: For a short dip, visit Loch Lomond or Hampstead Ponds. More ambitious? Swim from Britain's west to east coast - from rugged Loch Linnhe to atmospheric Inverness

Double Up: Make easy work of swimming and exploring by investing in a waterproof bag

Travel Light: Lightweight clothing you can layer will not only lessen your load, but will keep you warmer as it traps heat. A lightweight quick dry towel is also essential

Where should I head? Heading South? Visit UNESCO site Durdle Door. For a northern destination, take on the Lake District; home to over 80 lakes

After your swim, keep warm and re-fuel - full of fresh, nourishing ingredients and with protein-packed options, New Covent Garden Soups are ideal.

Wild Swimming Spain is out now
Wild Swimming Spain is out now

"Swimming is an excellent way to experience the great outdoors, there is something idyllic about immersing yourself in the open water and discovering your surrounds from a unique perspective." SwimTrek

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