Last year saw the inaugural Scottish winter swimming championships which were held at the marina on Loch Tay in Perthshire. I wasn't fully aware of them till after the event when I saw loads of posts on social media which looked fantastic.... So last November when entries opened for this year's event I got a … Continue reading A trip to the Scottish Winter swimming championships
There was a post on Facebook recently about Gastack Beck at the head of Deepdale which whetted my swimmers appetite. Our group of wild swimmers - The Dales Dippers - have regularly swum in a waterfall plunge pool by the roadside, but a couple of us suspected there may be more offerings from a dipper's … Continue reading Waterfall chasing (again)
Many moons ago, Ria and I did a fair bit of wild camping and self-supported multi day walking trips which we thoroughly enjoyed. I have watched quite a few Youtube vlogs from folks doing solo trips and it has always appealed to me but I have never had the opportunity to actually put it into … Continue reading Scratching an itch….
Some years ago I stumbled across a book by Roger Deakin (who was a writer, passionate enviromentalist and documentary maker) called Waterlog. It charts his travels round the British Isles seeking out and swimming in all sorts of locations and has subsequently become a revered tome in the wild swimming community. The book rekindled my … Continue reading Chasing Roger’s pool
It was my tumpty tumpth birthday last week, so we decided to have a few nights away (our first opportunity to do this on our own for quite some time) and stayed at Ravenglass on the Western edges of the Lake District. We were blessed with the most spectacular weather (Sunny, cold & breezy but … Continue reading A tremendous week of wild swimming
A group of fellow wild swimmers from the Dales and I have started having informal and occasional meet ups after getting together via Facebook. We had a successful and fun (but rather windswept) meet up last weekend in a cave resurgance pool on the edge of the Dales not too far from Dent. One of … Continue reading A multi-dip day in Rydal Beck and Buckstones Jum
I have a book by Daniel Start called "Wild Guide to the Lakes and Dales" which I would highly recommend to anyone looking for mini adventure locations which are a bit off the beaten track. This book mentions some fabulous waterfalls on Leck Beck on the Western edge of the Dales not too far from … Continue reading A special Sunday afternoon