With outdoor swimmer and artist Vivienne Rickman-Poole as her guide, our writer dives into the crystal clear Llynnau Cwm Silyn lakes in Snowdonia
This swim, in three parts, is mostly set on a beautiful day, and in the stunning Snowdonia national park. There is a small cast: me, artist Vivienne Rickman-Poole, some distant climbers, and a few animals.
Vivienne parked her van by a hillside farm at the north-west edge of the national park; as we got out, a peacock strutted and a llama kept imperious watch over the land. The bird looked flamboyant but the llama fitted right in, like a sheep adapted for look-out duty. We set out on the kind of walk that made me remember holidays of the past, wielding OS maps.