WHILE many across the UK have bunkered down as snow touched down, some of Pembrokeshire’s cold water swimmers have taken the plunge.

Two of Pembrokeshire’s Bluetits, the cold water swimming group, made a trek to Rosebush on January 31 for a dip in the 2.5 degree waters of a pond at the centre of the former slate quarry.

Sian Richardson and Tracey Sharratt broke ice from the surface of the frozen over pond and spent some time paddling in the chilly depths.

Both women are experienced cold water swimmers and are founding members of the Pembrokeshire Bluetits since the group started four years ago.

“We are up there all the time to be honest,” said Sian from St Davids.

“It is quite cold this time of year and we look for the cold. Yesterday was beautiful, there was no wind and we just thought – in we go!”

Sian also explained that cold water swimming is very different from what newcomers might expect.

“We all associate it with the shock of cold showers, but it is a completely different thing. We are expecting warm water in a shower but it is not the same thing.”

The Pembrokeshire Bluetits meet throughout every week, for more information visit their Facebook page.