Posted by: wildswimmers | October 19, 2012

Into the blue

Finding myself in London last week I lost no time in inviting myself to the beautiful Tooting Bec Lido, where Carl (who blogs as the acquatic ape) very kindly showed me the ropes.  The sun was shining and the Lido was at its very best and blue-est, like a jewel shimmering and sparkling in a very inviting manner.  Carl was very gentlemanly and swam along sedately at my pace (very slow) while we had a good chat about swimming matters.  I think he may have got a bit cold because of this – sorry Carl!  After a refreshing and delightful swim I was introduced to “Big Carl”, who is a channel swimmer, and also an extremely friendly fellow.  More chats followed, washed down by Mrs Ape’s delicious home baking and lashing of hot tea.

So thank you very much Mr Ape, for the very nice welcome and letting me share the delights of Tooting Bec Lido – I will be back, and hopefully will bring Lottie – my fellow wild swimmer and founding member of the Sound of Jura Swimming Club,  who started her cold water swimming at the Lido many years ago.


  1. Haven’t been called ‘gentlemanly’ for some time. It was good to see you and I hope to see you and Lottie at the CWSC2013.


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