Last weekend saw the first of our Introduction to Open Water Swimming courses for this 2013 season.
On the previous Monday the water was a balmy 13 oC, it was a sunny week and everything was looking like roses.
I’ve spent the last few weeks with my eye on the thermometer after our regular weekly, winter swims, painfully aware that we promised to show the cream of our North West journos a good time in Windermere at the launch of the Utterly Buttermere Swim.
It wasn’t getting any warmer, and although they would be kitted out with the latest wetsuits from BlueSeventy, it would still be a shock to the system for anyone new to the joys of open water swimming. I was beginning to wonder… would they even turn up? (more…)
We are spoilt in Cumbria by the abundance of beautifully clean & clear lakes, rivers and tarns to play in; whether its skinny dipping, wild swimming, paddling or sailing the Lake District has it all.
What the Lakes don’t need is the hitch hikers that may come with you on your adventure, as Jen Aldous from the South Cumbria Rivers Trust explains: (more…)
It’s been a lottery for Lake district events this year, the weather has literally dictated the whether, that is the whether it will or whether it wont, go ahead.
It’s a tough call to make when you are the event organiser, our own 10k open water swim event the Utterly Buttermere went ahead in September but it was far from ideal conditions for everyone. (more…)
We ran a series of wetsuit tri-on events throughout the spring providing a great opportunity for open water swimmers to come along and get the right fitting wetsuit and test it in the water. These are full on days and it was at the end our last tri-on event of the season on Saturday, just as we had loaded everything into the van, that we turned around to see Robson Green hurrying across the grass….
We always enjoy making an adventure of our trips to various wild places.
It's the being outdoors bit that we love so much; whether it is walking or running on the fell tops, swimming the lakes or kayaking the rivers – it keeps us fresh and feeling alive, with smiles on our faces, ready to face whatever life is throwing at us.