Taking The Plunge

The ritual of a freshwater dip is healing for many. We speak to Wonderful Wild Women about community, courage and braving the cold

By Annabel Herrick

Photography by James Cannon

In the UK, it’s fair to say that wild swimming in a silty river doesn’t have the same allure as an Alpine lake or Californian ocean. However, one group of women believe that braving goosebump temperatures and gloomy skies make quick dips all the more satisfying. Based in Cumbria, Wonderful Wild Women see the raw, authentic British countryside as a reflection of their ethos: “We wanted to show something real away from the shiny, superficial fitness narrative. It’s about all sorts of bodies simply enjoying the outdoors and having fun.”

“We wanted to show something real away from the shiny, superficial fitness narrative.”

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