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Swimmers brave arctic conditions

Swimmers at Hathersage pool Credit: Simon Bull Images

It's the first day of the new swimming season at Hathersage Open Air Swimming Pool in the Derbyshire Peak District. Despite all the heavy snow, the open air swimming pool - heated to 84 degrees - is open for business and being thoroughly enjoyed already!.

Hathersage pool with its cover on Credit: Simon Bull Images

The image above shows the pool just before the covers were rolled back. Incredibly many of the swimmers rolled in the snow before jumping into the pool at 8am !