Lake Ullswater is a 7.3 mile/11.8km long lake in Cumbria and the second largest in England. It was the first considerable open water swim I ever completed.
I grew up in Langwathby, a small village near to the Lake, and so it had always been somewhere that I had visited when I wanted to swim, kayak, have BBQs or walk on the surrounding fells. I always wondered if I could swim it. My brothers and I grew up swimming in the Scotland highlands, Devon and in the waters and rivers of the Lake District, so I felt comfortable in the water, but I had never attempted anything even close to that distance.