Preconceptions about places weâ€™ve never been are formed in a multitude of ways: what we read, watch or hear about it, and sometimes even the people who are from there â€“ whether we like them or not. Occasionally, there are areas we have no idea about. For me, that was a section in the heart of England: the south Midlands. Then I went to swim there.
â€œWhatâ€™s this area called?â€ I had asked Bryn Dymott, my swimming guide for the day. Bryn had met me off the train in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and had rapidly transported us into â€¦ well, just where had he taken us?
â€œSwimmerâ€™s paradise,â€ he said. â€œOr rather, river-swimmerâ€™s paradise. We donâ€™t have the sea.â€
Read The Guardian
Photo by JulianEBeckton