My First Wild Swim of 2018


It’s that time of year again! Time to look ahead to where my first swim/walk of 2018 will be.

Last year I did a similar post, asking people to chose which wild swim they would like to see me do. Below find those in the running for 2018. If you have any other suggestions, then do let me know in the comments below.

1. Windermere

This popular lake has never really impressed me. It may be the longest lake in the Lake District but lakes such as Derwentwater and Buttermere more than captured my imagination. However, after finding a decent walk on the western side, a swim in Windermere this year could well be on the cards.

2 Elterwater

Elterwater and its sister tarn, Loughrigg are swims I would like to try in 2018. This walk from Where2Walk looks promising.

3. Bleaberry Tarn

I had chosen Bleaberry Tarn for my last swim of 2017. Unfortunately, on the day my plan changed and I ended up swimming in Buttermere. I have decided to put this tarn back on the list. I am sure we will visit the area again in 2018.

4. Stickle Tarn

With trepidation I have put Stickle Tarn on the list as there is a steep ascent to the water’s edge.

I have tried to chose swims with decent walks and views. Have you visited any of the above? Let me know your thoughts on the selection.

Now it’s time for you to decide!

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9 thoughts on “My First Wild Swim of 2018

  1. The walk up to Bleaberry tarn and Stickle Tarn is very similar. Its a steep hike uphill so both would be a similar experience I’d say. I would go for Elterwater or Loughrigg as the walks around Skelwith Force and Colwith are very good. You can go to Chesters when you finished as well

  2. I do have a soft spot for Elterwater though I still do need to visit all those tarns above. I remember seeing swans with cygnets and water forgetmenots on my last visit. X

  3. I voted for Stickle Tarn because it’s the most dramatic setting, under the eaves of Pavey Ark. Everyone should ascend to the Tarn once in their lives, just to see Pavey loom over them. It is a steep walk but there used to be a quieter, more secluded alternative to the crowded main path, running parallel about ten yards higher for two-thirds of the way. Look for a cut-off to the right after you cross the bridge at the foot of the gill. Have fun!

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