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Derwent Reservoir Open Water Swimmers…


Ella Foote heads north for a reservoir swim

Derwent Reservoir sits on the border between Northumberland and County Durham. It is one of the largest inland waters in England, with seven miles of shoreline and it is almost 300 miles from where I live in Berkshire. I was about an hour away from the water when club leader Steve Harris called warning me of windy conditions threatening the swim session. “The reservoir sits in a valley,” he explained. “So when the wind gets up, there is a lot of chop and we have to make an assessment on the conditions to keep everyone safe.” While I applauded Steve’s priority for swim safety, I was a little gutted my long journey might not result in a swim.

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