Swimming with history


La Madeleine (Dordogne) is a famous troglodyte village and I’m trying to point at one of the cave dwellings! (August 2016) It is a fascinating site in the sense that it has three different levels of occupancy: 1. The prehistoric rock shelter is at river level. 2. The troglodyte medieval village half-way up the cliff. 3. The medieval castle on the top of the cliff! It is one of several sites in the area that claims to have been inhabited for a period of 17,000 years without interruption. We just swam in the river………. 


Pont Du Gard (southern France). Surely one of the most spectacular historic swims possible. Where else can you swim under a magnificent Roman aqueduct?!! (August 2015)


Cromwell’s Castle on north-west part of Tresco (Isles of Scilly. September 2012). Technically speaking, its a 17th century gun tower and not a castle.


Cawfield Quarry with Hadrians Wall and specifically Milecastle 42 being pointed at (July 2014)


Just incase you can’t make out Hadrians Wall the photographer is kindly pointing at it (July 2014)


Swimming at Green Bay where a Bronze Age wall runs into the sea (Bryher, Isles of Scilly. September 2012). Technically speaking, these were probably built in the middle Bronze Age which was a time when the open landscape across Britain started to be enclosed. It goes without saying that “something” happened to the sea level after this point.


Swimming (well bathing) by a Roman tile wall (Caerleon, South Wales, September 2011). Technically speaking (yawn), these types of walls are known as opus testaceum (I bet you are wondering if I am joking?!) and are more common on the continent than in Roman Britain.


Swimming with the walls, temples and watchtower of Tulum in background (Mexico, 1999). Technically speaking (yawn), most archaeologists believe its walls date to 1200-1450. Mayan pilgrims still visit and the place is best avoided between 10am and 4pm as its on the tourist bus circus who come on part-day trips from nearly every hotel in the Yacatan (and none of them even bother to have a swim!)