Meet the Local: Charlotte Dale

Let’s meet my cousin Charlotte Dale aka the Swimming Viking. Charlotte writes the blog Swimming for my Sanity.

Tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m Charlotte, somewhere between 30 and 40 years of age. I love open water swimming and I’m a keen advocate for the benefits of exercise and especially exercising outdoors for mental health. I also write a blog (see link below) talking about my experiences for cold water swimming and generally about how I maintain good mental health. I’m called the Swimming Viking because Grimsby was settled by Danes during the 9th century and according to legend comes from the name Grim (who was a Danish Fisherman) and by which is the Old Norse for village. Plus I really really love the TV series Vikings.

Have you always lived in North East Lincolnshire?

I am a Grimsby gal born and bread though I have lived in Manchester which was an amazing experience, but made me realise just how wonderful my hometown really is.

What is your favourite thing to do in the area?

My fave thing to do in the area would have to be visiting the beach. It’s a beautiful area and especially now we have Blue Flag status. I love to swim in the sea, it’s so calming and the waves are awesome to crest over when swimming. When at the beach I especially enjoy paddle boarding and kayaking or just dabbling my toes at the waters edge while I walk the dogs. We have what I consider to be two ‘ends’ to the beach – Wonderland End and The Fitties. Both unique and definitely worth a visit.

My other massive fave is the Lincolnshire Wolds. I love getting out on my bike to visit small villages such as Hatcliff, Ravendale, Tealby and so many more for delicious cakes and coffee.


Where are your favourite places to shop?

My favourite places to shop are always going to be independent shops. I’m not a fan of shopping centres, but in Cleethorpes I can think of nothing better than pottering down St Peter’s Avenue and Sea View Street.

In Grimsby Town centre I adore Lou Lou’s Yarn (@loulousyarn) which is an independent wool shop (I’m a knitting and crochet geek too). Waltham has some gorgeous shops to peruse including Swags and Tails (@swagsandtails_) and Coco Home (@cocohome_), plus Flowerz n Stuff (@flowerznstuff) is always worth a look.

Where is your favourite place to eat?

The Frying Pan in Waltham is the only place for me… it has to be haddock (I am Grimsby born and bred), otherwise I like to visit local bakeries for fresh buns and cakes for a beach picnic.

Tell me what a perfect North East Lincs day would look like to you?

My perfect NEL day would start with a sunrise sea swim followed by coffee and croissants on the beach. Then a bike ride into the Wolds to climb a few hills and race down the other side, the scenery in the Lincolnshire Wolds is glorious. I’d head back for a paddle in the sea again while walking the dogs, followed up by fish and chips and if I’m really lucky a bonfire to toast some marshmallows.

If someone was new to the area what would be the first thing you’d tell them to do / check out?

For someone new to the area i would have to recommend the beach.  Ebb and Flo (@ebandfloliving) on the seafront is great to learn how to stand up paddle board or kayak. Afterwards they’d need to pop into Moon on the Water for refreshments. The entire seafront from Wonderland to the Fitties would occupy a full day of exploring.

If you could change one thing about North East Lincolnshire what would it be?

To choose one thing I would change is never going to be easy in today’s climate, BREXIT alone is a minefield… but I would love to see more litter bins and recycling facilities available. I swim in Grimsby Docks as part of the Water Rats Open Water Swimming Club and I’ve even seen someone throw a bottle into the water as I was swimming by, it really saddens me.

Do you have a “go to” place to chill out, relax and unwind?

My ‘go to’ place to chill out is… you guessed it… the beach (do you notice a theme here). It’s the sound of the waves combined with the feel of the sand under bare feet that gets me every time. Oh and the Wolds, out on my bike flying along (pootling really) allows me to enjoy all the local villages and really discover more about my local area.


What is the best thing about living in North East Lincs?

There are so many positives to living in NEL that I’m not sure what I’d pick specifically. There is so much more to do than people realise and the area has a lot to offer if one takes the time to look; but, I would have to say NEL has the benefit of Town, Seaside and Countryside right on your doorstep. It’s definitely worth an explore.

Thank you so much for that Charlotte, I’ve discovered some places I really need to try out(here I come The Frying Pan).

You can check out Charlotte’s blog (and I definitely would) in the link below.


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