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Curious Adventures in 2019

Two years of swimming now, lets see where the water takes me!

Nine swims in ice this year!

I got a little competitive at the Scottish Winter Swimming Championships at Loch Tay, for the 50m Headsup Breaststroke I came in at 1:00.56 and won in my age group and third male overall! 4th out of 33 swimmers overall. Before leaving I got to swim around in the snow which was beautiful!

On the 30th of March, a few of us went to Black Moss Pot for some swimming, I was in there for 20 minutes, jumping and playing around. So tired for 12 hours afterwards. It's progress to jumping in the lake.

It's April now and I'm a lot happier, still some stress kicking around but car noises are proving to be less of an issue. I'm relaxing so talking more and having more fun!

On April the 19th the sun has been out and with five days of 21°c heat, which has woken up the warmer water after the snow a couple of weeks ago. Front crawl swimming has resumed.

It's the start of June, the water in Windermere is 7.9 degrees colder than last year! And my mum has come swimming with me :D

On July 21st a rock landed on my foot, that's at least three weeks of no swimming to make sure the fracture heals.

Swimming on average every 1.80 days this year. 70 days (25th Dec) until 200 swims! Estimated swims by the end of this year (76 days)... 203!

Local Temperature Gauge Windermere Gurnal Dubs Others

A Mine 9.3°c
161 - October 16th

Swimming in a mine with James!

Windermere 13.9°c
160 - October 11th

Just helping out a friend for her dip today.

Rydal Beck 11.1°c
159 - October 9th

Adventure with the prefect amount of cold makes for a wild day out in the fells and rivers!

Windermere 14.0°c
158 - October 8th

Windy tired hungover rainbows today :D

Windermere 14.6°c
157 - October 4th

Took some time to get in and didn't swim too far, cold from the previous swim.

Windermere 14.5°c
156 - October 4th

Shivers this morning, didn't swim to the bouy.

Waterfall 8.3°c
155 - October 3rd

Love this place, such an adventure!

Harrop Tarn 9.7°c
154 - October 3rd

Back into the minus ten!

Windermere 15.6°c
153 - September 30th

More rain haha!

Rydal Beck 12.5°c
152 - September 29th

Just relaxing in the spa!

Windermere 15.5°c
151 - September 29th

Just walking on water!

Windermere 16.2°c
150 - September 28th

It's almost above the jetty today!

Little Langdale 13.2°c
149 - September 28th

The river today was flowing but not too cold.

Windermere 16.2°c
148 - September 26th

Today I just jumped in!

Grey Mares Waterfall 13°c
147 - September 23rd

In the waterfall with the media crew!

Allt Coire Mhorair 13.9°c
146 - September 22nd

Just a little find on my way around taking photographs.

Grey Mares Waterfall 11.5°c
145 - September 21st

Oh this was a fun one, so windy at the bottom!

Col River Waterfalls 12.4°c
144 - September 18th

Back again to play in the river!

Col River Waterfalls 11.7°c
143 - September 17th

From my hostel I could walk here, a impressive place to swim.

Allt a Mhuilinn 8.2°c
142 - September 17th

Just a little cold find :D

Ballachulish 14.1°c
141 - September 16th

Exporing Scotland with Andrew

River Etive 9.8°c
140 - September 16th

Exporing Scotland with Andrew, this felt cold.

Windermere 15.7°c
139 - September 13th

Calmness in the water with the reflections and sky.

Windermere 16.8°c
138 - September 10th

Quick dip, my foot was feeling odd so I didn't do much swimming.

Windermere 16.3°c
137 - September 9th

Third time to the Buoy this year!

River Brathay 13.8°c
136 - September 8th

Finishing off my long weekend photograping with a wee dip.

Windermere 16.5°c
135 - September 6th

Failed attempt at diving in the mere!

Rydal Beck 12.1°c
134 - September 5th

Oh the cold water is coming!

Rydal 16.1°c
133 - September 2nd

Adventures in the rain with two new friends!

Loughrigg Tarn 17.2°c
132 - August 31st

Swimming in the rain!

Windermere 17.5°c
131 - August 29th

There's a lot of fun to be had with waves, I'm normally in fear of them, this time more in fear of my foot falling off!

Rydal 18.7°c
130 - August 25th

Swimming is getting better now.

River Sprint 13.5°c
129 - August 25th

Playing in the cold water :D

Rydal 16.4°c
128 - August 24th

Floating around just felt good today!

Grasmere 15.6°c
127 - August 23rd

Small horny swim after a month out of the water!

Rydal Beck 15.2°c
126 - July 21st

A rock landed on my foot after a good swim! No walking for a few weeks.

Fisherplace Gill 14°c
125 - July 21st

A new waterfall pool found!

Gurnal Dubs 20.1°c
124 - July 18th

Much needed fun and swim!

Rydal Beck 17.3°c
123 - July 11th

A much needed revival swim

River Kent 19.3°c
122 - July 6th

Fun in the river!

Rydal Water 19.8°c
121 - July 6th

Weedy, I didn't like it!

Capenwray 20.2°c
120 - July 3rd

Pre triathlon lap of the blue ocean!

Rydal Water 19.5°c
119 - July 2nd

Just a warm paddle!

Rydal Beck 13.5°c
118 - July 2nd

A cold swim to sort out ones head.

Scandale Beck 16.9°c
117 - June 30th

Exploring the waterfalls!

Gurnal Dubs 20.7°c
116 - June 27th

Another first for another friend, her first outdoor swim!

River Sprint 16.3°c
115 - June 26th

It's good to keep cool in the water :D

River Kent 18.4°c
114 - June 26th

My first 10km run with someone new!

Borrow Beck 16.4°c
113 - June 18th

Dipping after MTB riding :D

Sourmilk Gill 17.2°c
112 - June 18th

The waterfall was fun to play in!

Easedale Tarn 16.2°c
111 - June 18th

Finally a day off, busy time of year for me.

River Kent 13.4°c
110 - June 11th

Cold, cold, cold!

Windermere 15.9°c
109 - June 9th

Too tired to get in quickly!

Windermere 14.9°c
108 - June 7th

To the buoy and back in the rain :D

Windermere 15°c
107 - June 6th

My mum went swimming with me! I swam to Buoy 13 in a wetsuit!

Capenwray 15.2°c
106 - June 5th

Pre swim before the Triathlon.

Harrop Tarn 10.9°c
105 - June 5th

Showing a friend from America around the beautiful Lake District.

Rydal 16°c
104 - June 4th

Swimming in the rain :D

River Kent 14.4°c
103 - June 3rd

No front crawl today.

Scope Beck Reservoir 11.9°c
102 - May 28th

The water is so clear!

River Sprint 16.4°c
101 - May 24th

Dived under the fallen tree! It's nearly clear again :D

Gurnal Dubs 16.6°c
100 - May 22nd

Front crawl is coming along today!

Rydal 20.1°c
99 - May 21st

Hot hot hot!

98 - May 21st

Who needs a girlfriend when I've got adventures like these!

Gurnal Dubs 16.6°c
97 - May 20th

Introduced a friend to the water :D

River Kent 16.1°c
96 - May 17th

A swim I really needed.

Windermere 12.8°c
95 - May 16th

Well it's not warming up haha

Scandale Beck 17.2°c
94 - May 14th

It's so damn warm, I came back out warm!

Scandale Tarn 15.9°c
93 - May 14th

Well this is one place I need to bivi out, it's so beautiful!

Hodge Close 10°c
92 - May 9th

First time swimming here and safely with floats!

Windermere 12.9°c
91 - May 7th

It still doesn't feel warm!

River Sprint 9.8°c
90 - May 5th

I may have sworn a few times!

Black Moss Pot 11.9°c
89 - May 1st

Something tells me it's time to get out of the water now, oh yes my camera is taking on water!!!

Windermere 13.4°c
88 - April 30th

Jump like you are in a movie!

Rydal Beck 9.7°c
87 - April 27th

It's really dark in here today! The recent rain has made things cold again :)

River Sprint 14.4°c
86 - April 23rd

Just trying to be a merman!

Sourmilk Gill 16.3°c
85 - April 22nd

It's so hot! Most of my time spent underwater :)

Green Burn 14.5°c
84 - April 22nd

Oh found a new spot to dip if needed!

Rydal Beck 11.8°c
83 - April 22nd

Helping Amy get back to the water.

Windermere 12.6°c
82 - April 21st

No problem jumping in today with the wild women!

Rydal Beck 12.5°c
81 - April 21st

I love this place, it's so clear!

River Sprint 13.2°c
80 - April 20th

Back to the amazing waterfall, it never fails to inspire people.

Mosedale Beck 11°c
79 - April 20th

New waterfalls, pretty much paradise!

Great Grain Gill 11.3°c
78 - April 19th

Two pink moons!

River Sprint 10.5°c
77 - April 19th

Jumping in this time! My camera set itself to video mode.

Rydal 11.2°c
76 - April 18th

The warm water is coming!

Windermere 8.8°c
75 - April 16th

Move your body forwards if you don't want to jump and then your mind will have to follow.

Greenburn Beck 8.3°c
74 - April 15th

Oh how I do love to play in waterfalls!

Greenburn Beck 7.9°c
73 - April 15th

The deepest thin pool I've ever found, a little scary!

Gurnal Dubs 8.1°c
72 - April 14th

Haven't been here in a while, it's still not warmed up haha

Rydal 10.8°c
71 - April 11th

This is my place of peace :D

Windermere 8.1°c
70 - April 11th

Getting naked and cold creates a biochemical high!

Rydal Beck 11.5°c
69 - April 8th

Yay to diving underwater!

River Sprint 10.1°c
68 - April 6th

The water is back to normal levels and in double figures!

Windermere 7.6°c
67 - April 5th

Having a fun time to end the day!

Colwith Force 7.8°c
66 - April 5th

Being mindful of my thoughs and feelings.

River Brathay 7.8°c
65 - April 5th

Taking James to a new spot for him to swim in.

River Kent 7.3°c
64 - April 4th

A quick #teamjames river swoosh!

Windermere 7.9°c
63 - April 4th

The snow melt has trickled into the lake.

Windermere 8.3°c
62 - April 3rd

Sunsetting swims are the best.

River Sprint 8.1°c
61 - April 2nd

A dip to end the day :)

Black Moss Pot 9.6°c
60 - March 30th

Buzzing off my t**s after playing in Black Moss Pot for 20 minutes!

Windermere 8.7°c
59 - March 28th

Get Funked!

River Sprint 8.4°c
58 - March 25th

Quick dip to finish the day, so many lambs around now.

Gurnal Dubs 7.2°c
57 - March 25th

Diving into the week!

Colwith Force 8.3°c
56 - March 24th

Playing in the deep pool, my jumping face need some work!

Windermere 7.9°c
55 - March 22nd

Slowly warning up but actually feels colder...

Stockdale Bridge 9.1°c
54 - March 21st

The beautiful tree has fallen down and is now blocking the swim spot!

Stockdale Beck 8.8°c
53 - March 21st

A new waterfall and pool to play in!

Windermere 7.3°c
52 - March 20th

Birthday swim for James

Levers Water 4.9°c
51 - March 19th

Oh and back to ice water :D

50 - March 19th

A new spot thats amazing!

River Sprint 7.8°c
49 - March 18th

The water was the only thing to make me happy today.

Little Langdale River 7.1°c
48 - March 15th

A bit windy but the water is warmer!

Loch Tay 4.9°c
47 - March 10th

Swimming in the snow, it's amazing!

Loch Tay 5.4°c
46 - March 9th

4 x 50m team relays - lots of fun in my horny outfit!

Loch Tay 5.4°c
45 - March 9th

50m Headsup Breaststroke WINNER in my age group!

Loch Tay 5.8°c
44 - March 8th

Testing the windy Loch before the Scottish Winter Swimming Championships.

Colwith Force 6.6°c
43 - March 7th

Very wild in the river and so much fun!

Millerground 6.1°c
42 - March 4th

There be snow on those mountains again :D

Millerground 6.3°c
41 - March 3rd

Swimming in the rain with Lindsey Cole!

Near Ambleside 6.3°c
40 - March 1st

A curious river adventure to make me smile :D

Millerground 7.1°c
39 - March 1st

Breaststroke Practice

River Sprint 8.0°c
38 - February 27th

Working on my breast stroke!

Millerground 6.7°c
37 - February 26th

Ice 50 meter training!

River Sprint 8.3°c
36 - February 25th

The rivers are warming up with the winter summer!

Millerground 6.5°c
35 - February 22th

A cold skin morning

Millerground 6.2°c
34 - February 20th

It was raining :D

River Sprint 5°c
33 - February 19th

Underwater camera and a raging cold water fall, so much fun!

River Sprint 7.5°c
32 - February 18th

Warm water, followed by tea and cake.

Millerground 6.5°c
31 - February 16th

Windermere is warming up!!!

Harrop Tarn 5.6°c
30 - February 16th

I brought 11 swimmers together in the water for a fun swim, cake and laughs! Birthdays are fun :D

Millerground 5.8°c
29 - February 15th

A shivery start, lots of people's birthdays and we could not see the mere!

Goats Water 4.3°c
28 - February 14th

Such a dramatic place to swim, if only a little cold to get in haha

27 - February 14th

Adventure is all part of the journey to explore.

Millerground 5.9°c
26 - February 12th

Birthday Swim!

Millerground 5.8°c
25 - February 11th

Wild swimming is one amazing way of making you happy!

Gurnal Dubs 4.3°c
24 - February 7th

First training swim for Scottish Winter Swimming Championships!

Gurnal Dubs 2.7°c
23 - February 3rd

Four friends having an ice dip for the first time! #ice

Gurnal Dubs 2.2°c
22 - February 2nd

Afternoon: Head under with the new cap was warm, plus some ice skating! #ice

Gurnal Dubs 2.1°c
21 - February 2nd

Morning: Floating on the ice again! #ice

Gurnal Dubs 2.1°c
20 - January 31st

Sunshine, snow, ice and my amazing friend Gilly #ice

Millerground 5.8°c
19 - January 30th

Cold water swimming and snow on the ground #snow

Harrop Tarn 1.8°c
18 - January 29th

So I had to take the day off work for an epic adventure! #ice

Millerground 6.6°c
17 - January 26th

Didn't swim far due to my rib, need to get it fixed.

Blea Tarn 2.3°c
16 - January 24th

Thicker ice this time, a beautiful place for an adventure! #ice

Gurnal Dubs 2.8°c
15 - January 21st

We had to hunt for the ice but there was a little bit to play in #ice

Blea Tarn 2.3°c
14 - January 19th

Hungover, hurting ribs, oh look more ice to play in! #ice

Yew Tree Tarn 3.0°c
13 - January 18th

First Ice swim of the year #ice

River Sprint 2.9°c
12 - January 17th

Love the cold water at night :D

Millerground 6.8°c
11 - January 14th

Be brave, be bold, be fun!

Gurnal Dubs 5.1°c
10 - January 14th

Sticking you head under water requires clear water, this is not.

Millerground 6.8°c
9 - January 12th

I wanted to jump in but being choppy, I thought it wasn't ideal.

Millerground 6.5°c
8 - January 11th

I just got in and had a quick dip.

7 - January 8th

An exciting find on a curious mission to explore ;-)

Hard Tarn 3.4°c
6 - January 6th

My happy place :)

Rydal Beck 4.6°c
5 - January 5th

Finally got my head underwater after three weeks and it felt amazing!

Blea Tarn 4.8°c
4 - January 5th

Chilly willie dip, didn't feel warm outside the tarn at all. My knees were grey!

Gurnal Dubs 5.3°c
3 - January 2nd

It was a mill pond when we got there.

Ullswater 6.6°c
2 - January 2nd

First time in Ullswater, the water feeling grateful for my presence.

Loughrigg Tarn 6.3°c
1 - January 1st

Sunshine and lots of friend around makes for a good swim :)

© James Kirby