Living your best life: wild swimming in Yorkshire

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been fascinated by all the wild swimming posts I’ve seen on social media. Especially Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s daily dips in his pond or in the sea. He braves all the elements and has even had to break the ice to get in on a few occasions.

Why do it?

The health benefits of a daily cold-water encounter are supposed to be amazing – and it doesn’t have to be a swim. After being inspired by Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof, our own Body Coach Joe Wicks is taking daily ice baths in his garden.

If this is something you’ve got into during lockdown, you don’t have to break the habit during your holiday here. Or maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to try but just haven’t had time yet. Well, now’s your chance.

Where to go wild swimming

This article from Wild Swimming lists some real beauty spots nearby Tunstall Road Farm:

Another one, this time from The Culture Trip:

Or this shows some hotspots on the map:

Ellerton Park is very close by:

I can’t vouch for any of these personally – I haven’t ventured out in my cossie yet, but hopefully there is some good stuff here to help you plan your stay.

As always, please do stay safe and if you’re just starting out follow these guidelines:

See you soon!

Of course, the best bit about going wild swimming during your holiday at Tunstall Road Farm? If you’re staying in The Farmhouse, when you get back you can jump into the hot tub to warm up.

*A 15% discount is applied for all bookings for up to 6 people at The Farmhouse with start dates up until 21st June (when we can welcome groups once more).

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    Tunstall Road Farm offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience rural life in North Yorkshire. The combination of a working farm and well-appointed holiday houses creates an appealing destination for those seeking a countryside retreat.

    The emphasis on quality and presentation, both in terms of the animals and their environment, as well as the holiday accommodation, suggests a commitment to providing guests with a memorable and enjoyable experience. This attention to detail and care for the surroundings contributes to the overall charm and appeal of Tunstall Road Farm.

    Visitors to the farm can expect to enjoy the tranquility of the countryside, perhaps getting a glimpse into the daily operations of a working farm while also having comfortable and inviting accommodation to relax in after a day of exploration.

    Overall, Tunstall Road Farm offers a blend of rustic charm and modern comfort, making it an attractive destination for travellers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.