17 episodes

The Tidal Year is a podcast about the joy of swimming. Writer and wild swimmer Freya Bromley discovers the human stories behind why we swim. Every week, she’s joined by a new guest who shares what water means to them. 


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The Tidal Year Freya Bromley

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The Tidal Year is a podcast about the joy of swimming. Writer and wild swimmer Freya Bromley discovers the human stories behind why we swim. Every week, she’s joined by a new guest who shares what water means to them. 


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    Tom Mason, Co-Founder of Blue Balls Cornwall

    Tom Mason, Co-Founder of Blue Balls Cornwall

    Let's talk about men's mental health! This week's guest is Tom Mason the co-founder of Blue Balls Cornwall, a cold water swimming group specifically for the men of Cornwall. We spoke about how cold water develops resilience, building a community and tidal pools.
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    @blueballscornwall
    Pre-order The Tidal Year: amazon.co.uk/dp/1399709674/ 

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    • 53 min
    Nina Mingya Powles, Author of Small Bodies of Water

    Nina Mingya Powles, Author of Small Bodies of Water

    This week’s guest is the author of one of my favourite books of 2021: Small Bodies of Water. Nina’s writing is lyrical and poetic. She blends memoir with powerful writing on the natural world. I’m not the only one who thinks so as she’s the winner of the Nan Shepherd Prize. We spoke about nature writing in multiple languages, pools from our childhood and transitioning through the seasons by swimming. Oh and the bird we’ve spotted at Hampstead Ponds is a Mandarin duck! 
    Our chat becomes a little bit of a swimming book club, so I hope you’re looking for some reading recommendations including work by: Jessica J Lee, Mary Jean Chan, Hannah Lowe, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Polly Atkin and Robin Wall Kimmerer. 
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    @ninamingya
    You can buy Small Bodies of Water wherever you normally get your books.
    Pre-order The Tidal Year: amazon.co.uk/dp/1399709674/

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    • 53 min
    Christopher Beanland, Author of Lido

    Christopher Beanland, Author of Lido

    This week’s guest is the author of Lido, a stunning book that celebrates the history, design and social aspects of outdoor pools. I spoke to Christopher about the three-acts of lido history, pioneering female swimmers and how booking your lido slot is like trying to get Glastonbury tickets!
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    @christopherbeanland
    You can buy Lido wherever you normally get your books.
    Pre-order The Tidal Year: amazon.co.uk/dp/1399709674/
    Thanks to this episode’s sponsor TRIHARD. Say goodbye to chlorine and shop their skin and hair products at 15% off with the code Tidal at trihard.co

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    • 39 min
    Laura Fullerton, Founder of Monk

    Laura Fullerton, Founder of Monk

    What happens when you match over 5,000 years of ancestral wisdom with cutting edge science? The first at-home smart ice bath and cold water therapy app is created! This week’s guest is Monk's founder, Laura Fullerton. We chatted Hipocrates, the history of the spa and the amount of information we’re bombarded with each day. 
    This episode was recording in October 2022. People mentioned in this episode:
    Wim Hof 
    daveasprey.com
    bengreenfieldlife.com
    drbrighten.com
    Max Lugavere and Alicia Vitti
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    @discovermonk 
    Find out more about Monk and join the waitlist: discovermonk.com 
    Pre-order The Tidal Year: amazon.co.uk/dp/1399709674/
    Thanks to this episode’s sponsor TRIHARD. Say goodbye to chlorine and shop their skin and hair products at 15% off with the code Tidal at trihard.co

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    • 49 min
    Mark Vessey, Artist

    Mark Vessey, Artist

    This episode is with British photographic artist Mark Vessey. He lives in Brighton and sea swimming has been a big part of his journey with both creativity and sobriety. We talked about coming out, collecting things, being an outsider and how swimming in cold water feels like a hug. 
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    @mark_vessey
    Explore Mark’s artwork: markvessey.com 
    Pre-order The Tidal Year: amazon.co.uk/dp/1399709674/ 
    Thanks to this episode’s sponsor TRIHARD. Say goodbye to chlorine and shop their skin and hair products at 15% off with the code Tidal at trihard.co

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    • 59 min
    Jessica Hepburn, Adventure Activist and Author of 21 Miles

    Jessica Hepburn, Adventure Activist and Author of 21 Miles

    Welcome back! I'm delighted to kick off a new series with a very special swimmer. Jessica Hepburn is an adventure activist and the author of 21 Miles. 
    After a decade of trying to become a mother Jessica Hepburn stopped her fertility journey and decided to swim the English Channel. As the training began, she learned you need to put on weight to stave off the cold so Jessica decided she would meet and eat with inspiring women to answer the question: does motherhood make you happy?
    In this episode, we look back on her adventure and chat about being an endurance swimmer who doesn’t feel at all like one. Plus, we chat about one of my favourite places: Hampstead Ponds! 
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    @jessica_hepburn_
    21 Miles by Jessica Hepburn is available wherever you buy your books. 
    You can pre-order The Tidal Year here: amazon.co.uk/dp/1399709674/
    Thanks to this episode’s sponsor TRIHARD. Say goodbye to chlorine and shop their skin and hair products at 15% off with the code Tidal at trihard.co

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

natcampbell444 ,

Must listen!

Love this podcast. Started listening for the swimming stories and then discovered that these episodes are about the human experience. Freya is a fantastic host and is able to guide her dynamic guests into thought provoking conversations. Can’t wait until the next season!

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