Wild Swimming Picture of the Week: Czech Republic

The suggestion that we might go swimming in a reservoir raises alarm in the minds of many. The water will be too cold, too deep and, well it just sounds too dangerous, yet finally we are reconsidering our prejudice towards open water or wild swimmers.

It is hoped that a bathing beach will appear at Rutland Water reservoir next spring, a giant leap forward for the UK but nothing that unusual when compared with the rest of Europe.

For Example take the Czech Republic which has no coastline but offers many possibilities for enjoying the water. The grassy or sandy banks of natural swimming areas, such as the reservoirs of Slapy, Orlík, Lipno or the popular Lake Mácha (Máchovo jezero), are inviting places of relaxation.

Wild Swimming at Sand Lake Lhota Czech Republic

Sand Lake Lhota

Natural swimming areas have their unique atmosphere. You can rent a rowboat or pedal-boat; in summer, the lake-sides are lined with stands offering both souvenirs and refreshments. Parents know well that the true moment of relaxation comes when the children are swimming and they have a quiet moment to enjoy a pint of fine Bohemian lager and a well-fried potato pancake.

Wild Swimming at Machovo Lake Free Entry

Machovo Lake Free Entry

The British brought and end to centuries long religious prejudice towards swimming and

bathing, led the world as a swimming nation, only then blew the whistle on open water swimming and by restricting swimmers to indoor pools. Would you like to know why? Read: Hung Out to Dry…

“A persuasive book… intriguing from the outset, a fascinating chronology of British swimming which goes much deeper than one might expect. Well researched and interestingly written… the historical ebb and flow of swimming popularity is quite remarkable.” November 2012 Swimming Times

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