#73: Low Water

21/05/18 In my first summer of this challenge I came and stayed at Coniston Coppermines hostel with the aim of doing a big walk and five swims. I did the walk and four of the swims but time and tiredness caught up with me and I decided not to do the last swim on my … More #73: Low Water

#72: Dockey Tarn

17/05/18 One of the great things about staying in youth hostels is that you tend to meet lots of nice people. I’ve been staying in Hawkshead hostel for the past couple of nights and got chatting to a very nice woman from Copenhagen called Mette. She has discovered a love of the Lakes and is … More #72: Dockey Tarn

#71: Elterwater

This morning I woke up to a grey sky and the ground wet from a night of drizzle. But the weather forecast promised that it would brighten up so I put my faith in that and late in the morning I set off for Elterwater. I’d arranged to meet Mike in the car park and … More #71: Elterwater

#70: High Dam

Here I go again! Yes, I know, it’s been a very long time since my last post. Last year I was travelling around Asia and New Zealand so although I did do some swimming none of it was in the Lake District. But now I am back in the UK and ready to get back … More #70: High Dam

#69: Blea Tarn

I had a few hours to spare in the Lakes yesterday afternoon – and what better way to spend it than going for a swim? It is definitely starting to feel autumnal now and my first idea was to choose a diddly little tarn somewhere that I could just splosh in and out of to … More #69: Blea Tarn

#68: Skeggles Water

Today started off very similarly to yesterday – driving rain and heavy grey skies with the addition of a healthy wind. But the forecast said that it would brighten up in the afternoon, so we put our faith in that and drove up Longsleddale all the way to Sadgill at the end. It’s a long … More #68: Skeggles Water

#67: Beacon Tarn

I’ve been doing this challenge for about a year and a half now and for the whole time my mum, Deb, has been saying she’d love to come and swim with me – and yesterday she finally did. We met in Kendal and sat in the car looking at the maps for a little while. Outside … More #67: Beacon Tarn

#64: Crummock Water

The weather forecast for today was for sunny and warm so I decided to take the opportunity to do a bigger swim. The drive over was lovely, sunny and warm with beautiful, hazy views over the fells. We stopped on the way to buy a new tow-float as mine has started to go down a … More #64: Crummock Water