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A collection of dips and swims that appeared in the short film 'My Big White Thighs & Me' by Maia Media.

The story is about womanhood, miscarriage, healing, loving your own skin & freezing your bum off in cold water. It's Hannah’s personal story of how she rebalanced her life and began to appreciate the small things by dipping her feet and taking the plunge.

She had fallen out of love with her own body. Frustrated, she wishes they didn’t have to hang out quite so much. Committed to making a change she sets herself the simple goal of swimming in open water at least once a month for a year.

As she braves the elements throughout the seasons to swim in wild places, she develops a newfound appreciation for this beautiful island of ours and the quiet adventure that can be found when we begin to explore.

The swims in this collection all appear within the film.

You can find out more about the film here:


Hannah Maia


Swims in this collection

  1. Malltraeth Bay

    Beautiful sandy beach without the crowds. About a mile walk from the nearest carpark at Newborough Forest.

  2. Newborough Beach

    A beautiful long sandy bay on Ynys Mon. Easily access and parking in the Newborough Forest (pay to enter). Well worth a walk along the...

  3. Lochan na h-Achlaise / A82

    Very close to the road and mushy between the toes but a stunning backdrop. A convenient place to cool off mid drive.

  4. The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

    A delightful series of splash-pools and gullies in the waterfalls on Allt Coir a' Mhadaith, Coire na Creiche, Glenbrittle, in the Cuillin hills. You will need...

  5. Barrow Bay

    Good stony beach for a firm entry into clean, clear water. Quite sheltered. Debris never accumulates in Barrow Bay but it does collect further south,...

  6. Porth Wen Brickworks

    We found this one listed in Daniel Starts "Wild Swimming" book and decided to pay it a visit. It's a lovely place to swim and...

  7. Llyn Cau

    A steep walk up from the car park along Minffordd Path. A cold, beautiful, crystal clear lake makes it all worth while. Potential...

  8. Rhoscolyn Sea Arch

    There are two sea arches within a few 100 metres of each other. This is the second and the smaller of the two. We...

  9. Birks Bridge, nr Dunnerdale

    You can see to the bottom of the pebble bed river in this gorgeous stretch of the river Duddon under Birks Bridge. Deep in places...

  10. Black Moss Pot, Cumbria

    An brilliant section of the Langstrath Beck as it cascades into a small ravine with high rock walls and a deep pool. Exellent for...

  11. Warleigh Weir, Claverton

    Warleigh Weir. Up to 500 swimmers a day visit this popular swim spot near Bath over summer. There's a big sunbathing field, a long deep...

  12. Lacock

    Parking is available at the NT car park on Hither Way (£2 for non-NT members (2013)). The river can be accessed by walking down the...

  13. Rushbanks Farm

    Rushbanks Farm is a little basic campsite popular with kayakers and swimmers, right on the banks of the stour. You have to camp there...

  14. Porthtowan Tidal Pool, Cornwall

    A lovely tidal pool that is quite secluded. It's fun to sit on the concrete wall and watch the waves.

  15. Kynance Cove

    It is only a short walk down the path from the National Trust car park though I found it rather depressing that for such a...

  16. Mullion Cove

    A small fishing harbour, that makes a Lido-like pool for swimming. I've been swimming here with my family, for 25 years. Swimming from the beach...

  17. Kirby-le-Soken Jetty

    Great place to swim and jump from the jetty at high tides. Good picnic spot too. Park at Kirby-le-soken and walk through the fields.

  18. Burnsall (River Wharfe)

    Pleasant, mellow river swim. There is easy access into the river from grass/shingle on the bend of the river, upstream from the church and just...

  19. Fairy Glen

    No fairies but pools,glides and falls just full of magic. Often an 'interesting' mix of temperatures in the junction pool. Access is off private land with...

  20. Blue Pool

    Sometimes quiet, sometimes small numbers of people. Cold, deep, clear water. Idyllic spot when alone.

  21. Avoncliff

    Large river pool above the weir with a rope swing. Possible to swim to it from the Tithe Barn in Bradford.

  22. Llyn D'ur Arddu, Snowdonia

    Access gained via the Llanberis Path to this crystal clear turquoise and azure blue lake. A popular spot for local climbers. More info http://viviennerickmanpoole.tumblr.com/post/55074140695/swimming-in-fairy-heaven-no-5-swimsnowdonia

  23. Green Pool or Wolfs Leap

    This is where swimming began for me as a kid, I learned to swim in a pool but as soon as I could do a...

  24. Calfclose Bay

    Wide beach, stoney but easy underfoot and easy access into the water. Park other side of the road in the NT Pay & Display car...

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