Open Air Bathing – Head Weir – Exeter

Outdoor Swimming was at one time encouraged as healthy and essential exercise. Well managed and incredibly popular bathing stations like this one in Exeter were built up and down the country.  It hardly seems possible that not long after this photograph was taken our nation of outdoor swimmers found themselves chased out of open water, rounded up and confined to indoor swimming pools.

River and lake swimming, once seen as so good for us, continues to be popular across Europe and America whilst here in Great Britain outdoor swimmers were portrayed as irresponsible.

It is only in Britain that we need an Outdoor Swimming Society and a River and Lake Swimming Association to represent our interests.

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Take a trip back in time! Discover just how many official ASA recommended outdoor swimming facility's were available to a nation keen to take the plunge back in 1912...

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