Lake District – Wild Swimming:
Love Wild Swimming?
Have you ever thought about dipping your toes (and hopefully the rest of you) into a cool, sparkling lake or tarn?
Wild swimming is becoming ever more popular, so what makes people take a plunge into a cold, wet lake?
For a start the water is a breath-taking refreshment to your body, the view is completely different from down below the bank and after the shock of the cold water it galvanises the heart.
Cumbrian lakes are now cleaner, safer and more accessible than at any time in living memory and the health benefits of a wild swim or a natural dip are well publicised.
Take proper precautions and wild swimming can be a safe and fun way to enjoy the outdoors.
On a warm, calm day wild swimming is a really special experience.
So, stay safe and the shimmering waters will reconnect you with the natural world around you.
A couple of great wild swimming places in the Lake District are:
1) Grisedale Tarn
Set in Grisedale Hause in a gap in the Helvellyn range, between the valleys of Thirlmere and Ullswater, Grisedale tarn is a perfect place for a high, wild plunge.
It has gently shelved banks and some useful flat boulders for ease of access and sunbathing.
Derwentwater is one of the finest swimming lakes in the Lake District.
It is three miles long and surrounded by dramatic, rugged mountains.
It is surreal looking up at the scenery when you are in the water swimming between the little islands.
3) Rydal Water
Rydal water is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District. It is ideal for open-water swimming.
Walking along a tranquil stretch of river, lined with overhanging trees, tall rushes and water lilies.
The clear water reveals an undiscovered world of aquatic plants and shoals of tiny silver fish slither between the rocks.
Natural rises and drops of the river bed reveal the changing topography of the river floor
Further information on the best wild swimming click here: https://www.swimthelakes.co.uk/