Monday night is swimming night and just because our local pool closed, there was no excuse not to continue our regular training sessions. The weather has been so glorious lately that swimming in the lakes could not really be ignored.

We’ve always loved having outdoor swimming adventures, but living in the Lakes makes it so much more accessible.  We have two lakes close by to choose from, Rydal and Windermere.

Rydal Water is a small lake north of Ambleside,  it tends to be warmer than its much deeper neighbour and we often get company now too, as open water swimming has become more popular.

Windermere is a huge ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep, as England’s largest lake it can also be quite cold.

Auasphere Kaiman EXO swimming in RydalAs our first choice for testing the spring water temperatures we plunged into Rydal water, with a depth of 55ft and just ¾ mile long it’s  probably the most picturesque swim in England, the view around Rydal is simply stunning, as you turn to breath you cannot fail to be amazed by the beauty surrounding you.

We have a route we call the Rydal Triangle, that takes us across the lake and then back via Heron Island (we used to call it Pike Island, but changed its name to increase it’s aesthetic appeal!).

open water swimming club at rydalThe water temperature has risen from 10oc in mid April, to a balmy 16oc this Easter.

Long may the season continue and if you’re around in the Lakes on a monday evening we meet at Rydal Water at 6pm, grid ref: NY359061.

Pete & Andy (& Boot )


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