As you stand naked before loch or lake, you might find it comforting to know that you are following in the wet footsteps of giants. Sir Winston Churchill, for one, loved a nude swim. Once, while visiting Florida in 1942, he even faced down a shark. Little wonder: as his doctor cruelly observed, he was ‘like a hippopotamus in a swamp’. Shy readers could do worse than take a leaf out of Winnie’s book. ‘If they are that much interested,’ he said, in response to his bodyguard’s fear of voyeurs, ‘it is their fault what they see’.
1. Port Meadow, Oxford
A more idyllic stretch of the Thames is yet to be discovered. The horses that call the surrounding grasslands home are famed for their discretion too.
2. Lady Falls, Brecon Beacons
Swimming here has been described as an ‘almost spiritual experience’. Well, if standing naked in an isolated rock pool, as the ice-cold River Neath plunges 30ft onto your head doesn’t put the fear of God into you, truly nothing will.
Original publication 21 March, 2016
Posted on NatCorn 23rd June 2021
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