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CROC-COUNTRY SWIMMING

A cross-country swimming adventure in the Lake District.
Geting ready to swim across Derwentwater

Ater clipping my Crocs into a bundle of tow-loats, I make a inal adjustment to the waist belts, and start to wade into the clear waters of the lake – only to be met by a barrage of mockery from my fellow swimmers. “hey’re an insult to shoes,” “you look like a floating rag ‘n’ bone man” and “get a bloody move on”. I pretend not to hear and we all pull down our goggles, shallow dive into a squally Derwentwater and start heading down its western shore.

We are inally on our way. Four of us are on a crosscountry swimming adventure, a multi-day day trek across the fells, lakes and tarns of the northern English Lake District, mixing swimming and hiking.The idea came about over a post-swim cofee one summer morning at south London’s Brockwell lido. Talk turned to the fact that while we all loved swimming in the Lakes, each of us had a yearning to devise an extended route combining classic swims and dips with challenging climbs. Gathered round a map, we mentally roamed over mountain, valley and blue patches, pointing out interesting and quirky features.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Swim into Spring! We are very excited this issue to welcome Keri-anne Payne, Olympic silver medallist and double 10k open water world champion, as our guest coach. She joins Cassie Patten, our regular Olympian contributor, to bring you top training and technique advice to get you fitter and faster in the open water this summer. We also have training session ideas using all four strokes, advice to help you overcome negative thoughts on race day and the ultimate guide to wetsuit care and maintenance. And in our Gear pages this issue we test a full range of open water swimming wetsuits. As ever we have the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.