Lazing by Wastwater


During our walk up Lingmell, we passed some very promising pools in Lingmell Beck. As usual B was very keen to swim. On the way up , we didn’t really have time, and on the way down we were also a bit pushed: I gave B an option and he chose a barbecue without a swim over a quicker meal with a swim. So, it would be a good thing if we could incorporate a dip into our plan for Sunday. A meanwhile, has problems with her knee at the moment, and it had swollen up and was uncomfortable, so a day without a walk would suit her. Once we’d packed up our tents then, we decided to drive down to where there’s parking close to the shore of Wastwater so that we could have a leisurely picnic and maybe a brief bathe. Having heard our plan, J, C and M opted to join us. For the picnic anyway.


A and B chilling out.

We did a fair bit of loafing, picnicked, skimmed and threw a few stones…


I watched a pair of Merganser’s out in the lake, hoping that they would come close enough in shore for me to get some half-way decent photos. They didn’t. Also on an ornithological front: I forgot to mention that I’d already heard my first Cuckoo of the year at the campsite, which is becoming an annual event.

B and I did go for a swim eventually. Wastwater is England’s deepest lake, and the water was very, very cold. Still it was fun, if short-lived. It was instructive to paddle across the mouth of the stream which you can see in the photo above – the water flowing in the stream was noticeably, considerably warmer.

Meanwhile, the girls had decided to give J a makeover. She demanded that I take her photo for the blog to ‘make her famous’. So….


I’m not sure that J actually reads my blog, but all three followers and my Mum will now get to see her Pippi-Longstocking Got Married look. It’s sure to catch on.

Lazing by Wastwater

8 thoughts on “Lazing by Wastwater

  1. It’s a nice spot that. Only been once and it wasn’t sunny or warm so no thought of swimming, especially in a crowd of hill-walkers with only summits in mind. Good to be beside water during a heatwave.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I’ve been there many times, but never swum before. It was an unusually laid back day for us, but most enjoyable.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      You’re not wrong, it was baltic. The kind of immersion which initially takes your breath away. And which very quickly had me feeling quite tired. Fortunately, even though there was a bit of a breeze, we soon warmed up once out of the water.

  2. I like that spot by the Lake and I’d have definitely have joined you for the swim. Good to hear that B likes a wild swim. It will be very much the theme of this summers trip

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, she’s firmly of the opinion that it’s a parent’s responsibility to embarrass their kids, a feat which I seem to achieve effortlessly.

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