Episode 4 of Downstream, our audio series for outdoor swimmers. This episode: wild swimming and the restorative power of nature

Episode 4 of Downstream explores the restorative power of wild swimming and time spent in nature. We swim across the world’s most powerful maelstrom, scramble down to a secluded cove in Galloway Scotland for a glorious summer dip, and we visit the resting place of 20,000 saints. Finally, for we take a virtual plunge into the most beautiful wild swimming spots in the Lake District.

Lenka Janiurek reads an extract from her memoir Watermarks: Life, Death and Swimming.

Jack Hudson reads from Swim Wild, his account of his adventures as one third of the Wild Swimming Brothers.

Lucy Jones reads from Losing Eden, Why Our Minds Need the Wild.

Suzanna Cruickshank reads from her new guidebook, Swimming Wild in the Lake District.

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.