In the swim

We love making the most of our beautiful location year-round, and we’re not the only ones. Colin Bailey is a solicitor at Fraser Dawbarns and a keen swimmer who enjoys both indoors and outdoor pools. Here he shares his love for the water with us.

How long have you been swimming locally?

Since I was a boy! I was born and bred in King’s Lynn and started swimming at the outdoor pool in The Walks. You could buy a season ticket for ten shillings and swim from May to September – if it was a particularly cold winter and spring, they would crack the ice for the first swim! I’ve now been swimming for about 35 years, at least four times a week, usually in our local pool at Hunstanton, and at the weekends in the sea, as long as it’s warm enough.

Tell us more about your wild water swimming

There is a local open water swimming group, and over the years I’ve been swimming with them at Leziate, Pentney, Hunstanton and Heacham. Many members swim year round, even during the coldest months of December, January and February.

What is it that you love about wild swimming?

It keeps you fit and alert, and it’s a great way to clear your mind. Once you get into the water – often accompanied by the dog! – you are just taken away by the beauty and tranquility of the setting. I do love it and can think of no better way to exercise and enjoy the place we live in at the same time. There’s a fabulous book, Waterlog by Roger Deakin, which is a fantastic introduction to wild swimming, and I thoroughly recommend it if you’re thinking about giving it a go.

What else do you love about living in North Norfolk?

I feel blessed to live in such a glorious part of the world. I love commuting to work on the Coasthopper bus – I buy and read my newspaper, listen to music and think of it as a chauffeur-driven service! I wish more people would choose to commute by bus in Norfolk – it’s a great service for visitors and shoppers, but it’s also a brilliant, economical and environmentally friendly way to get to work. Even though we live in beautiful countryside we are lucky to have our bus service and we must use it or risk losing it!