Another Swim/Walk Adventure


Lots of stresses and strains have been going on behind the scenes recently, and wild swimming has been one of the few distractions.

Last week David and I had a day off mid week and so we planned a swim adventure. The tarn in question was Hayeswater, Hartsop, which had been a reservoir up until 2005. The dam was removed in 2014 and the tarn was returned to it’s natural state.

We parked at a free car park in Hartsop, but donated to the village school as a thank you. We followed the left hand stony path which ran steeply along Hayeswater Gill, before crossing a bridge and continuing the path on the right hand side. Further up we then crossed another bridge to the left hand side of the tarn. The walk took about one hour. At a shingle beach we made camp and I accessed the mild 16°C water which had an abundance of minnows darting about the shallows. The swim was peaceful and remote and we didn’t see any other people until I had climbed out of the water. David got Buzz up and managed to capture some wonderful scenery. It was indeed balm for a stressed out mind.

Have you walked in this area of Patterdale? What were your observations?

Thanks for reading,

Christine x

4 thoughts on “Another Swim/Walk Adventure

  1. The tarn looks so much bigger than I expected. Will definitely have to try and get up there soon. The walk looks so nice with the babbling brooks and bridges. Hope your ok. xx

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  2. I hadn’t realised they had dismantled the dam, was there a sudden rush of water into Hartstop?
    Your films are getting better and better. David’s drone footage gives some beautiful shots, they certainly reduce my stress so hoping you’re coming down to earth. Life is too short.

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