Challenging Waters, The Diary of a Lake District Swimmer – Book Launch

Join us, to “Meet the man who swam across the Lake District” as quoted by Lancashire Life Magazine… John Mather would like to welcome you to the launch of his illustrated book entitled “Challenging Waters, The Diary of a Lake District Swimmer” on Thursday the 1st March, at 12noon to the Inn on the Square.

Book Launch
Thursday 1st March 2018

Press briefing at the Derwentwater boat landing (located beside the Keswick Launch Company and near “The Theatre by the Lake”). John will carry out a short swim, subject to weather conditions, to provide photo opportunities.

Book signing and introductory talk at the Inn on the Square, Keswick


In 2014, John Mather decided to celebrate his 60th birthday by attempting to swim the length of all seventeen lakes contained within the English Lake District, little realising the time, effort or the planning that would be involved.  This included Windermere, the longest natural lake in England.

John was rewarded with tantalising glimpses of wildlife, but not everything went to plan.  As well as making John aware of both the beauty and fragility of this wonderful land, he used his experiences to write and illustrate the account of his journey.

As well as intending that the book will be both instructive and entertaining, John is particularly keen to chart both the pressures on the lakes and also the current works being carried out to improve water quality and encourage wild life.

He hopes that the book will make all water users, not just the ever growing number of swimmers taking up open water swimming, be more aware of their responsibilities and their need to safeguard this precious commodity for future generations.

John is passionate about swimming and has swum in many lakes and rivers in Europe and further abroad, his coldest swim was in Siberia’s Lake Baikal!

For more information on Challenging Waters, The Diary of a Lake District Swimmer, visit