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Open water swimmer Pete Kelly to take dip in Lake District for TV show

Open water swimmer Pete Kelly is to take Countryfile presenter Matt Baker for a dip in the Lake District.

EM Pete Kelly
Pete Kelly

The BBC programme will see the pair visit Blea Tarn during filming in the Langdale Valley on January, 24.

Pete, who runs the Ambleside-based Head to the Hills, Swim the Lakeswith his partner Andrea Tucker, met the film crew this week for a location recce at the remote tarn.

Pete persuaded director, Kieron Schiff, to jump into the water with him.

Pete said: "I could tell that he was looking interested.

"I told him I had a spare set of Speedos, and he took up the challenge.

“Just for a few moments - the water was only 3 degrees. But he absolutely loved it."

Popular presenter Matt will do likewise in front of the cameras next

week, but wearing a wetsuit. The item will highlight the growing

interest in wild swimming.

Pete and Andrea are the region’s experts

in open water swimming, and specialise in guiding wild swims around

the Lake District and introducing new people to the growing sport.

They are planning to take visitors for moonlit swims later this year.

The Countryfile team will also interview climber and writer Bill

Birkett from Little Langdale.

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