Fri 19th Jul - Sun 21st Jul, 2019
Buttermere Bathing Meet
Once again we have organised a spectacular swimming meet involving swims in up to 5 Tarns and 2 lakes in two days. Accommodation is booked at the FRCC hut at Birkness for 5 Females and 10 males. Let me know if you definitely want a space but I’m sure there will be room if you decide to come at the last minute when the weather forecast is more predictable. There is a good campsite at Buttermere village too.
The main plan is to walk from the hut to Red Tarn under Red Pike then walk along the ridge to Scarth Gap to the 3 tarns around Haystacks. There is a tiny one just under the summit followed by Innominate Tarn (yes it is deep enough) and Blackbeck Tarn. For those not exhausted a swim in Buttermere on the way back seems a good option.
The following day a swim in the delightful Dale Head Tarn followed by Derwentwater on the way home could be fun.
For those contemplating their first outdoor swimming adventure you will need footwear to swim in plus cossie and any extra rubberware you might require depending on the temperature. A warm jacket, woolly hat and a hot drink afterwards make the whole process slightly less painful. Non swimmers are welcome on the meet but will be required to take photos and generally heckle from the side.
Different meets require varying levels of experience and fitness. Please speak to the meet organiser before the meet if you are concerned about any issues with regard to the meet or your ability to participate in the activities proposed. Contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.
If you are considering coming along to a club meet, please read the following:
"I accept that mountaineering, climbing and walking are activities with a risk of personal injury or death. I am aware of and shall accept these risks and wish to participate in these activities voluntarily and shall be responsible for my own actions and involvement."