Sunday 20 January 2013

Swim 41 Track - Spade Oak to Bourne End

Swim 41 Map - Spade Oak to Bourne End

Swim 41: Spade oak to Bourne end. 20th jan 2013.

After a long gap since our last outing, we met at Bourne end railway station car park on a snowy January day. Wasn't sure how many folk would risk the roads, but pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a throng of Thames friends.

Although A few hardy types among us had recently swum in cold water events, wetsuits were definitely the order of the day.

We gingerly creep in and let the current work its magic.

And away we go.

                                  The swans were not impressed, but we outnumbered them.

One of us was taking no chances with the cold.

                                                 While the rest of us felt the chill.

                       A little over a kilometer away, we clamber out. Look we are still smiling.

A round of applause?, or frozen fingers.

An opportunity to make snow angels doesn't present itself often.

Ending in a fit of giggles. Yes, life is good.

And a colourful re entry back to Bourne end before a much deserved warm up and lunch at the pub.

Swim 41: Spade Oak to Bourne End

Originally scheduled for December, this swim was postponed to January due to flood conditions.  Another winter swim (actually swum in the snow), this is approximately 1km and can be combined with the previous or next swims in warmer weather.  It is part of Swim 60 from I   The Thames.

We met at the car park at Bourne End station:

This is the closest parking to the end of the swim but bring change for the meter or be prepared to pay by phone.  Alternatively, you could meet at the Spade Oak car park as per the previous two swims:

We then walked back to the start point at Spade Oak:

and swam down to the exit point just beyond the rail bridge: