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Under the watchful eye of Snowdon

On World Mental Health Day, Monday October the 10th 2016, 6 Designs in Mind folk take on the wild swimming challenge. 

 

This challenge started off with the title ‘Wild Swimming’ and now, thanks to the wonderful people at Gone Swimming, we are taking the ‘Wild’ to another level.

 

 

This film, DIP, is made in Shropshire and is about how swimming in wild water has a healing quality for mental health. We got in touch with Gabby, at Gone Swimming, featured in the film and she jumped at the chance to get involved.

 

Gabby will be leading our adventure, supporting us with expert advice, hot drinks and snacks, changing robes, wetsuits and a bright swimming hat!

 

The Challenge

 

Kathryn, Jo, Elin, Jo, Catherine and Amy have been chatting about why this is a challenge…

 

‘I’ve said I’ll do it now so I have to do it- yugghhh!’

 

  • We are 6 wild women aged between 24 and 71

  • THE COLD, THE COLD, THE COLD

  • 2 of the group have never been wild swimming before

  • Is this going to be the naked challenge! As we get strip, swim, strip and get warm for every lake.

  • Who knows what lurks beneath- the unknown of a fish or even just a plant brushing against your leg

  • What will the weather be like?

  • A physical and mental challenge

 

‘Apart from running after my kids, this will be the most physical exercise I have done for four years’

 

Our Adventure

 

We will be aiming to swim in four of the following lakes-

 

Llyn Padarn is a glacially formed lake in Snowdonia. The lake is approximately 2 miles long and at its deepest point is 94 feet. It is one of the largest natural lakes in Wales.

 

 

This may not be secluded but is a beautiful place to swim. I swim here twice a week. You can take various routes either across or along or dip into the alleyways to the lagoons

Gabby, Gone Swimming

Llyn Dinas is a lake near Beddgelert and is formed by the River Glaslyn.

 

 

 

The lake is fairly shallow and can be bit weedy around the edges. The wind can really whip across the surface so it you like a bit of swell this can make an exciting little adventure!

Viv, WildSwim.com

 

Llyn Gwynant The lake is fed by mountain streams flowing into the Afon Glaslyn river from the summit of Snowdon itself, bringing very cold currents.

 

 

 

The large grey rock on the far side of Gwynant looks like an elephant, making a swim to it seem an obvious journey.

Kate, WildSwim.com

 

Llynnau Mymbyr these 2 lakes are set amongst Snowdonia's highest peaks, are also known as the Capel Curig Lakes and are around 3/4 mile long, with a depth of 30 feet.