Dryrobe Outdoor Swimming Session

Join us bright and early on Sunday for swimming tales from inspiring characters and incredible adventures from the world of open water swimming.

New hosts Jonathan Cowie and Ella Foote of Outdoor Swimmer magazine will guide us through a morning of swimming delight.

We're delighted to welcome Dryrobe as our new presenting partner of the session and can promise another wonderfully varied session with something for everyone.

We'll be joined by the following fantastic speakers...

Lindsey Cole takes us from Shetland to the Scilly Isles on her 'Dipping Britain' adventure. At the beginning of this year Lindsey cycled from Plymouth to the Scottish Cold Water Swimming Champs meeting swimming groups en route. High on adrenaline she decided to carry on, all over Britain – wherever she received a swim invite, she went!

Inspired by Dan Duxbury's Frog Graham Round film at the 2018 Outdoor Swimming Session, Kendal cyclist and swimmer Ben Dowman created the Frog Whitton Round - a 96 mile bike ride with 4 lake swims totalling 6 miles.

In September, open water swimming coach and adventure swimmer Fenwick Ridley completed an upstream (yes, upstream!) 60 mile swim of the North Tyne, from Newcastle to Kielder. Fenwick spent up to 12 hours a day in the water, while also pulling a raft stocked with essential kit behind him on the 60-mile swim. Find out how he got on on this upstream assault course.

Plus films from the world of outdoor swimming, the riotous Outdoor Swimmer Quiz of the Year and giveaways from our partners.

About Lindsey Cole

In 2018 Lindsey swam the length of the Thames dressed as a mermaid! Not only did she find tons of manmade polymers, but she also discovered the wonderful community of outdoor swimming. She was so moved that she decided to meet more wild swimming communities across the country by cycling to the Scottish Cold Water Swimming Champs meeting swimming groups en route. High on adrenaline she decided to carry on, all over Britain – from Shetland to the Isles of Scilly. Wherever she received a swim invite, she went!

About Ben Dowman

Ben Dowman is a cyclist and swimmer and who lives in the Lake District. In 2019 he created the UKs ultimate swim-cycle challenge, the Frog Whitton (a cousin to the Frog Graham swim-run challenge). Inspired by the Fred Whitton cycle route the Frog Whitton is a journey of 102 miles involving 96 miles of cycling over Lakeland passes with 6 miles of swimming in 4 different lakes. Having created the challenge he completed it this summer in a time of 10 hours 48 minutes.  

About Fenwick Ridley

Fenwick has been coaching swimming for 20 years and runs his own open water swimming business H2oTrails. He introduces people to the water and coaches long distance swimming. He used to marathon swim a lot but is now more of an adventure swimmer and addicted to being in ice.
He says "One of the top things in my coaching is bringing in kids and our national and regional top swimmers under 16 squad. We have a very special venue called Sweethope Lough which is the hub of H2oTrails.
"My adventure swimming has taken a strong exciting route and I'm now tackling a list of ideas and goals. My first goal was to swim the whole of the river Tyne from Newcastle to Kielder. Now I have done the north Tyne and early next year I'll do the south."

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Supported by Outdoor Swimmer Magazine

Outdoor Swimmer is the magazine for outdoor swimmers by outdoor swimmers. Launched in 2011, our mission has always been to provide inspiration for people who swim outdoors and to help our readers live healthier and happier lives through outdoor swimming.

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Supported by Above | Below & RuckRaft

Adventuring across lakes and down rivers, over hills and through forests. We call it Cross Country Swimming. To make it possible, we created the RuckRaft®.

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