Swimming In Hope


The first day of 2017 saw dozens of wild-swimmers take to the sea in South Devon. That we met at a beach called Inner Hope seemed pretty fitting – because you could describe this brilliant bunch of people a little like this …

Beach-gatherers, Excited-chatterers

Happy-faffers*, Quick-changers

Chill-seekers, Shallows-shriekers

Wave-riders, Gleeful-whoopers

Fast-towelers, Speedy-dressers

Mug-clutchers, Hot waterbottle-huggers

Cake-sharers, Fire-huddlers

Friendship-forgers, Hope-affirmers

Spirit-lifters, Grin-gifters

Days-seizers, Life-livers

Adventure-plotters, Why-notters

Here’s to 2017, wonderful, warm, wise wild-swimmers

 These phrases are kennings. They feature in Old Norse poetry and often join two words together to convey a sense of something, rather than use a literal description. So for the Vikings the sea was a “whale-road”; a ship was a “sea-steed”. 

Feel free to add your own 🙂 

* For more on the 10 Faffs of Wild Swimming – see this illuminating post from Ju Lewis



Published by Belinda Dixon

I'm a travel & adventure writer (Lonely Planet), broadcaster (BBC Radio Devon & BBC Guernsey) and the British Exploring Society's media Leader on its 2016 Himalaya expedition. I write a blog that aims to inspire adventures; deliver inspiring training and record and edit powerful oral history archives.

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