Wild Swimming In The River Coln

I’ve got to be honest, I have shoe-horned a link to charity chic style in this post purely because I want to share some very fond memories.

We headed with four of our favourite people to The Cotswolds for a long weekend at the beginning of July glamping deep in the Gloucestershire countryside near Whelford. It was Ozzy’s 40th birthday and we wanted to find a secluded spot for some celebrations. Our encampment was on the banks of the River Coln at a hidden glamping spot we found on Canopy & Stars. It’s a lush green river teeming with an abundance of  wild flowers, butterflies, tall rushes and willow trees playfully dipping in the crystal clear water.  Remember reading The Wind In The Willows as a child? This would have been in Kenneth Grahame’s mind as he wrote. You can just picture Ratty and Mole passing the time of day here.

We knew we were in for a treat but this was simply stunning. To top it off after weeks of heavy rain, the sun was out and it was a scorcher. Perfect swimming conditions. Ozzy and I are partial to a bit of wild swimming and we go all over the British Isles during the summer months swimming in seas, lochs, rivers and lakes. The wet spring and summer has at least meant that the rivers and streams are running high – perfect swimming conditions.

Wild swimming is a magical and exhilarating experience, not only because the water is usually on the chilly side, but at the risk of sounding cheesy you are literally at one with nature. It’s addictive. The sound of the running water, the fresh air, the split second of agony as you leap into sometimes freezing water and the ever present shrills of laughter all hook you in. The added thrill is that if you happen upon a secluded spot, you’re in total isolation. Yes, skinny dipping is part of it too.

Our accommodation for the weekend was a cosy wooden hut. Possibly the best nights sleep we have both had for years.

Here are a few pics from the weekend and the bit where I make a loose link to charity chic style. The tunic I am wearing in a few of the shots is a charity shop bargain for £3 from the Cancer Research charity shop in Fort William , Scotland which we visited earlier this year.  Here’s a few pictures which I have no doubt will leave you eager for your own wild swimming experience.

Half way down, we find a spot to stand up for a break.

A perfect “jump in spot”.

Susie, the River Queen.


We took an evening stroll by the river. Like the tunic I am wearing?

Fin, my sisters dog, had a pretty cool time too.

The flowers along the river bank were simply stunning. Matt took the picture below.

Getting in was exhilarating as demonstrated by Susie!

Lucy’s in! After being splashed.

Boys will be boys!

By the fire drinking far too much red wine. The perfect way to end a perfect day. Happy 40th Ozzy!

We stayed at Otter Camp – click here for the info.