We read about the swimming at Grantchester meadows and asked around. Simon Earles, one of the first ever people to take part in the London Swimmer told us about the Newnham Swimming club.


Day 1 – Windermere to Langdale YHA
A swim across Windermere at dawn from Brockhole jetty and across to Wray castle (and a stop for a coffee and bit of cake). Then a swim around to wray campsite and over to Skelwith Bridge. Dip in River Brathay, Elter Water and then a lovely hike over to the spectacular Loughrigg Tarn. After a swim there we headed up to Langdale YHA for food only to return in the dead of night, and a full moon to Loughrigg for a magical skinny dip!

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Day 2 was down to Grasmere, swimming the length and then a short walk through to Rydal water swimming it’s length from the beach. A few of the group left to go home from Ambleside while the rest of us headed up to the spectacular Buckstone’s Jum for a dive and dip. Then back to Langdale YHA over the top of Loughrigg Fell - which by now felt a bit bigger than it looked.

That evening was quiz night at the Britannia Inn at Elter Water. Day 3 was over the tops to Stickle Tarn and a clim up Jake’s Rake for those with the energy. Returning, on the bus from Langdale.