Wild Swimming: Jumping in Buckstone's Jum / by andy schofield

Becky, Chris, Sam, Jesse, Matty and Katy: Wild Swimmers.

This wild swimming location was a little different to previous shoots as I had my wild swimmer, Becky, to shoot but also the rest of her clan. I had an absolute blast shooting these two families as we negotiated the strong current and very chilling water! I was very grateful for the lunch provided and the pint afterwards!

Becky: Wild Swimmer

"I love being completely surrounded by the lakes and fells, and plunging into a different world underwater. And there's something about being so cold (and warming up afterwards) that is hard to explain but is really satisfying.

From lilo races across warm French lakes to cliff jumps into freezing Cumbrian becks, we seem to build our holidays around wild swims. Sometimes the kids egg each other on to ever-more daredevil leaps, and sometimes they just laze about in the shallows. In one of our favourite local swim spots, the fish nibble your toes if you sit still enough. We always go armed with goggles to see what lurks beneath, as well as an enormous picnic and several flasks of hot chocolate."

Chris: Wild Swimmer

"Why I wild swim:  Location location location. Even in the Lakes in August you can find a river or tarn practically to yourself where the surroundings are beautiful and the water is cool. In a pool you have to do 50 repetitive lengths in crowded chlorinated water for exercise. In Rydal water you can swim to an island and back and not worry about bumping into anyone!"

Unfortunately, the quotes from the kids were a little less detailed...

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Sam: Wild Swimmer

Why I wild swim: "'cos it's fun..."

Jesse:  Wild Swimmer

Why I wild Swim: "I like the hot chocolate afterwards..."

Thank you all so much for all the fun!