What's the water like?
As the thread says: is it too cold at the moment for wild swimming in the tarns? I swim every New Years morning in the sea but I know from experience that fresh water can be much colder than the sea ever gets.
I'm wild camping in the lakes this weekend near a tarn and the opportunity of a wild swim as well is very tempting.
Brrrrrrrrrr, rather you than me, but then again i can't swim.
I guess "cold" is relative isn't it, personally i'd want a dry suit on before even considering it.
Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - http://pecsaetan.weebly.com/
An old teacher of mine, born in 1938, who was writing guidebooks as early as 1963, used to have a statement printed inside the front cover of all of them...
"Ambition - To swim in every river in the North Country"
He only died six months ago, and I have no idea if he finally swam in all the rivers, but I did accompany him in swimming ten rivers in the Yorkshire Dales in a single day. I think one of his most daring swims was down through Hell Gill at Mallerstang. One of his biggest mis-judgements involved swimming both ways across Derwent Water. Apparently, he'd met a Dutch girl who was about to attempt that very feat, and being one of life's gentlemen, he gallantly decided to accompany her, in case she got into any difficulty. To cut a long swim short... he was half-way across when she passed him on her return journey!
I've enjoyed a swim in a few tarns - Summer days only though. Stay in the top few feet and it's bracing but gets more invigorating if you dive. And at the risk of sounding like my mother - you'll not be swimming alone I hope.
Quite a few leeches round the edges of some tarns and they're quick to latch on. Only little 'uns mind.
I don't see it as 'bottling it', Salmon, I see it as 'exercising judgement'!
Look forward to the summer...
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