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Wild swimming works wonders

Swimming in the sea all year round is one of the silver linings of the Coronavirus Cloud.

Thousands of people have discovered the mental and physical health benefits of wild swimming and found them to be second to none.

Pain relief, sheer exhilaration and an after-event feeling of euphoria (due I'm told to the natural endorphins running rampant through your system) are just some of the joys you can expect, if you choose to immerse yourself in the wild swimming phenomenon.

Of course at this time of year wetsuits, bootees, hats and gloves all help to ease the entry to sub-zero water temperatures. Once you're in, just imagine the exhilaration of swimming in the sea as the sun comes up.

I'm just back from a swim in Carnlough Bay, feeling really alive and joyful at the start of a new day.

At Channel Vista you can choose from several wild swimming locations. Scenic Cushendun and Waterfoot offer beautiful sandy beaches, while Carnlough and Glenarm itself, within 50 metres of your stay-location are sheltered bays where on a clear day you can enjoy views across to Scotland and occasionally as far north as the Paps of Jura.

Why not give it a go, get your wetsuit on and give wild swimming a chance to work its magical wonder on you?

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