Author: Ali Phillips

  • Winter Swimming in The Lake District – Ice Safety

    Winter Swimming in The Lake District – Ice Safety

    *ICE DIPPING * Your beginners guide. The thrill of cold water might be calling but there is a lot more to consider when winter swimming in The Lake District and beyond. Below are six extra things to consider when you head out into the cold water. Photos like this – and many you’ve seen from…

  • Wild Swimming For Mental Health – The Mental Health Benefits of Wild Swimming

    Wild Swimming For Mental Health – The Mental Health Benefits of Wild Swimming

    I was recently on a podcast, The Missing Peace with Becca Guy We talked about all things Wild Swimming, The Lake District and the joy of being outside. We also covered the mental health benefits of Wild Swimming, something I don’t often share.  The mental health benefits of wild swimming are not unknown. There’s a…

  • Breaking Ice – A Winter of Wild Swimming

    Breaking Ice – A Winter of Wild Swimming

    This article was written by Ali, founder of Always Swimming Wild, for Outdoor Provisions and originally published on Jan 26, 2021. Total immersion There is nothing quite like winter swimming. The burn, the wild weather, the absolute joy that comes from complete and total immersion in something. It’s as much about the psychological challenge as…

  • Tips and Tricks

    Tips and Tricks

    I’ve been swimming for a few years now and there are a few tricks and tips I’ve learnt along the way that help me stay warm and have fun.  Woolly Hats. They look great and keep my head warm. Most of the time I’m not putting my head in the water so these are a…

  • A beginner’s guide to wild swimming

    A beginner’s guide to wild swimming

    [Article first written by the founder of alwaysswimmingwild.com (Ali Phillips) for publication on the George Fisher Website – May 2021] Wild swimming has boomed in popularity over the last year and the Lake District is a brilliant place to take your first dip. Ali Phillips is a Keswick-based blogger and wild swimmer who loves exploring the…