This year the kids have also enjoyed wild swimming. Not in Wiltshire, but in the East Dart at Bellever, Devon, and further down in the River Dart itself at Newbridge, towards Ashburton -a really popular swimming spot.
It was icy cold water and both kids quickly concluded that wetsuits are definitely needed for river swimming in England. That was why I couldn't be found in the water. Rivers are just as enjoyable when you're sitting beside them, enjoying the sound of the water flowing swiftly over large granite stones and the play of the light as it shines through the trees.
Wild swimming has really become a 'thing' over the last few years - locally, a swimming area on the Avon not too far from here has become very well known, although we have yet to make our way there. With the help of Grandad and the Internet, Son seemed to easily find grid references for the two Dartmoor swimming places we visited - both were safe (as in, not too deep) and the water looked clear and fast flowing enough not to be harbouring any nasty diseases.
A good introduction to wild swimming, and certainly something we (or some of us) will pursue.
Do you know any good spots for wild swimming near where you live?