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A head for heights: Hot air ballooning in Glastonbury, Somerset

A head for heights: Hot air ballooning in Glastonbury, Somerset

The first hot air balloon was invented more than 200 years ago in 1783, when a sheep, a duck and a rooster were launched into the air by French scientist, Pilatre De Rozier.  While the balloon successfully flew, unfortunately it also crashed to the ground after 15 a mere minutes.  Thankfully, hot air balloon technology […]

A celebration of swimming: the wild and wonderful Bantham Swoosh

A celebration of swimming: the wild and wonderful Bantham Swoosh

Swimmers took to the chilly waters of the River Avon estuary in Devon last weekend to take part in the Bantham Swoosh – a 6km wild swim to the sea organised by the Outdoor Swimming Society. Carys Matthews takes on the challenge… Taking a deep breath and adjusting my […]

Swimming back to nature

Swimming back to nature

I’ve always been drawn to water and swimming outdoors is one of my favourite summer pastimes. Whether it’s a dip in the sea or one of Britain’s many lakes or rivers, I love getting back to nature when I swim.  However stressful my week has been, once I’ve […]