Remote Bowscale Tarn – a setting rich in myth and literary references – proves an inspiring spot for a dip in the northern lakes, even in the rain. All photographs by Vivienne Rickman-Poole
Swimming in the Lake District requires full commitment. There’s no point tentatively dipping a toe, waiting until the water warms or the weather clears. You just need to get in. But it took me a while at Bowscale Tarn, getting wetter and colder as the rain fell, to reach that conclusion. I needed to stop dithering and immerse myself.