Kate Rew

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Kate Rew (born 11 September 1970) is an English journalist and author who founded the Outdoor Swimming Society. Rew lives in Frome, Somerset.

Early life[edit]

Rew grew up on her family's dairy farm in Devon, where she developed her love of wild swimming in the River Culm.[1] She attended the University of Oxford.[2]


Rew is known for promoting wild swimming and nude swimming.[3][4]

Rew worked as a freelance journalist, writing for The Guardian,[5] The Times, Evening Standard, Grazia, ELLE and The Sunday Times.[6]

Rew founded the Outdoor Swimming Society in 2006. Her book "Wild Swim" became a bestseller. She has featured in several TV and radio documentaries, including an episode of BBC Radio 4 programme Wilderness journeys,[7] The Diving Venu[8] and three episodes of Coast on BBC TV.[9] The news and lifestyle periodical Monocle magazine named her as one of its 20 "heroes who deserve a bigger stage worldwide".[10]


  • Rew, K. (2008). Wild Swim: River, Lake, Lido and Sea: The Best Places to Swim Outdoors in Britain. Guardian Books, London. ISBN 978-0-85265-093-6.


  1. ^ Danziger, Danny; Critchley, Emma (28 September 2008). "Best of Times, Worst of Times: Kate Rew, outdoor swimmer -". Times Online. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2011-06-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Rew, Kate (16 June 2008). "10 top places to skinny dip". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  4. ^ "Wild swimming - pants off, trousers down". The Field. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  5. ^ Tait, Michael (30 September 2009). "Wild Swim: The Thames, Oxfordshire". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  6. ^ "Kate Rew". Conville & Walsh Literary Agency. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  7. ^ BBC Radio 4 (2009) Wilderness. 20 April 2009
  8. ^ "The Diving Venus - BBC Radio 4". BBC. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  9. ^ Coast, Series 4. From Whistable to the Isle of Wight.
  10. ^ "Gallery" (PDF). Monocle. December 2009. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2016-11-22.

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