Wild Swimming France


The dazzling travel guide book to France, for families and adventurers alike, is now in its SECOND EDITION.

This is the page for the original 2012 edition…

Also available as an English language app for Android or Apple or a French language app (Baignades Sauvages) for Android or AppleIf you prefer, you can buy the Kindle or print book from Amazon here, or the French language book from Edilarge or Amazon.fr. You can also buy the digital PDF versions of Wild Swimming France.

  • Dip in to the emerald-green plunge pools of Provence and swim beneath the great châteaux of the Loire and Dordogne.
  • Discover the unspoilt crater lakes of the Massif Central or relax in secluded hot springs in the woodlands of the Pyrénées.
  • Recommendations for canoe trips, bike rides, campsites, restaurants and farmshops.

Wild Swimming France contains all the practical information you’ll need to lure you off the beaten track to over 400 amazing locations. With stunning photography, 15 maps, and detailed directions, grid references and walk-in times. NB Most swim locations are in the southern half of France – please see map below.



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France has one of the most diverse and magnificent landscapes in Europe – with a cuisine and culture to match. Its rivers, lakes and waterfalls are the cleanest in Europe and its summers reliably hot – and all just a train ride away.








Wild Swimming France takes you on an aquatic voyage to the wild side of the world’s favourite holiday destination and introduce you to parts of France you never knew existed. It provides all the practical information you’ll need, from

•  overview maps and directions,
•  grid references and walk-in times, to
•  tips on the best campsites,
•  places to rent canoes,
•  farm-shops for picnic supplies,
•  rural bistros for lazy lunches,
•  even the best places to skinny-dip

In vast areas of unspoilt French countryside there is so much to discover, from the tranquil river beaches of the Ardèche and the secret waterfalls of the Languedoc, to the shimmering aquamarine pools of Corsica and the Alps.

Wild Swimming France covers 14 regions:

Jura, Central Alps, Alpes-Maritimes, Corsica, Haut Var and Verdon, Vaucluse and Haute Provence, Ardèche, Languedoc, Cévennes, Corbières and Roussillon, Pyrénées, Lot, Célé and Aveyron, Dordogne, Loire and Normandy

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