People Are Flocking to British Rivers and Lakes to Swim

Read the full story at Treehugger.

When the weather is hot, nothing feels quite so wonderful as submerging oneself in cool water. So it should not come as a surprise that Britain’s waterways are filling up with overheated humans looking for a chance to cool off this summer. With public pools still closed, due to the coronavirus, and many beaches overcrowded or too far to access easily, rivers and lakes have suddenly become hot spots for “wild swimming.” 

The BBC reports that many people are exploring Britain’s “blue spaces” for the first time: “The Canal & Rivers Trust, British Canoeing, the Outdoor Swimming Society and the Angling Trust all report a surge in interest during lockdown and after the easing of restrictions began.” In some places, visitors have outnumbered local residents 28 to one. 

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