How to get on ‘The List’
My list of lakes and tarns currently stands at about 160.
My criteria were that any lake or tarn shown on the OS maps OL4, OL5, OL6 & OL7, within the National Park boundary and named on those maps would go onto the list.
What does ‘across’ mean?
The challenge is to swim ‘across’ all the lakes and tarns. Where possible this means swimming from one side to the other. However, in some cases this is not practical, so swimming a circuit beginning and ending at the same place still counts provided the distance is at least equivalent to swimming across.
The underwater selfie
One little extra to the challenge is that I must take an underwater selfie in every lake or tarn. If anyone swimming with me wants to get in too that’s great, but I’m not going to try to persuade people to dunk their heads into freezing cold water if they don’t want to!
I gave myself certain rules for my own safety.
- To never swim across any of the larger lakes without support boats.
- In lakes and tarns not big enough to need support boats but still of a considerable size to use my ChillSwim inflatable tow float which can support my weight if necessary and makes me far more visible.