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Coniston fundraisers find new lake for swim

Posted 13 October 2010
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Coniston fundraisers find new lake for swim
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Members of the Coniston Mountain Rescue team have moved nearer to raising the funds they need to make walking boots users safer in their area, after completed a sponsored swim.

Plans to raise cash towards replacement vehicles for their ageing Land Rover ambulances were thwarted last month when the Great North Swim in Windermere was cancelled following an algae outbreak, Grough reports.

But three of the team - plus a friend and a family member - have taken a dip in Coniston Water and their sponsored efforts have so far raised £1,000 towards their target.

Such a development could make life safer for Ordnance Survey map users exploring the fells around the village.

The highest mountain in the area is the Old Man of Coniston at 2,635 ft, while other major peaks include Wetherlam, Dow Crag and White Maiden.

Walkers can also see a number of tarns among these fells, including Low Water, which has a deep aquamarine colour said to be due to the high content of copper in the area.

Posted by Dan Mirza