One of the most inspirational swimming locations in the world, the Buttermere Valley in the un spoilt western Lake District. We often get asked where our favourite place to swim is. Well, the secret is out, the Buttermere Valley is right at the top of the list! As well as the amazing view of the surrounding crags and fells beloved of Wainwright, there is the water clarity which reflects the green-blue tint of slate which makes every swim a special experience.
Each day will be arranged according to the weather and group aspirations, but we guarantee that it will be a lot of fun and packed with swimming opportunities, with just the right amount of challenge for you. Our aim is to give you the option to swim or relax as much as you’d like.
Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for confident swimmers who can comfortably swim at least 2 miles in open water. Moderate fitness level necessary as we swim up to 5km each day, and the journey involves moderate hill walking over typical Lake District terrain. A full itinerary will be sent to you upon booking.
What’ s Included:
- Qualified & experienced swimming guides and mountain leaders will accompany you on our swims and the walks.
- A bright Swim the Lakes swim cap
- Comfortable accommodation
- All meals including 2 course dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday and hearty
- Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Tea & coffee are available throughout the day from the kitchen.
- ‘In-water’ drinks and cake
- Parking at the accommodation is free & subject to availability, with more parking close by.
See the Itinerary, Accommodation tabs on the left for more information.
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This was without doubt the best swim I’ve done this year! Thank you Andrea and Pete for an amazing adventure
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Our swim adventure begins on the the afternoon of day one with informal introductions, full briefing, a quick change and an fabulous acclimatisation swim in Buttermere. followed by a hot shower before dinner is served.
Each day will be arranged according to the weather and group aspirations, but we guarantee that it will be a lot of fun and packed with swimming opportunities, with just the right amount of challenge for you.
Our second day encompasses Western Lake District swimming at it’s finest. Big views and journey swimming along the length of Crummock Water make this day a joy and we throw in a trip to see the highest waterfall in the Lakes just to really spoil you!
On day three we take advantage of the whole of stunning Buttermere right on our doorstep with enough time to enjoy some lakeside or even ‘in lake’ tea and cake and take in the views. If time, we then head to Loweswater for a dip.
Our aim is to give you the option to swim as much as you like so that you can make the most of our Lake District wild swimming venues. If you feel like kicking back and taking a break from the swimming, there are hot drinks at the hostel plus 2 suburb cafes, 2 proper lakeland pubs and great ice cream in the Village.
We’re here to give you a great swimming adventure experience, in a wonderfully relaxed environment, so please… make the most of it.
Fri PM – Acclimatisation Swim in Buttermere
Sat AM – Crummock Water Swim & Waterfall Walk; 3km swim & 2km walk
Sat PM – Final stretch of Crummock and return Sun AM – Buttermere Swim; up to 5km
Sun PM – Loweswater Swim; up to 1km
Comfortable YHA Accommodation with Full board
This is an inclusive weekend, so once you have arrived you can relax and enjoy the ride. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are all provided.
The YHA Hostel in Buttermere was a Victorian hotel which now manages to blend old school hostel charm with comfortable modern facilities. Accommodation is in small dorm rooms, usually between 3 -5 beds, private to our group members only.
We have all-day access to the hostel and it provides the perfect swim base for our Utterly Buttermere Swim Adventure, with hot showers, drying rooms, restaurant and bar.
Travelling to Buttermere by Public Transport
The main line trains from London to Glasgow pass through Penrith and from here you could catch the X4/X5 bus to Keswick and then jump onto the Honister Rambler to Buttermere. Please check details and times before booking.
Here is a link https://www.buttermereweb.co.uk/travelling-buttermere/ which may also prove to be useful.
We are happy to ask other guests if they may be passing Penrith or Kendal rail stations to see if they may offer lifts, guests often do and at the end of your holiday we often find fellow guests are more than happy to offer lifts if they can help.
Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits for this trip, please mention at the time of booking if you’d like to hire one.
If you’d like to swim without a wetsuit please contact us to discuss your relevant non-wetsuit swimming experience, thanks.
Group Size: min – max: 8 – 15
Deposit: If you are paying a deposit please remember your outstanding balance must be with us 10 weeks before your trip start date. As we do not send reminders we advise you to put this date in your calendar now. Balances can be paid by ringing us with your card details.See terms & Conditions for more info.
For information on cancellations by us and by you please see our full terms here
See terms & Conditions for more info.
Confirmation Email: We will send a confirmation after booking, please check your ‘spam folder’ etc.
Trip Caution: Open water swimming by its very nature involves a natural outdoor environment. Although unlikely, but there is always a possibility that we may need to make changes to the trip / itinerary due to for example weather conditions, water conditions or other issues that may affect safe operation or organisation.
Please read our Swim Trip FAQ’s to ensure you are well prepared and get the most from your swimming adventure.
All participants must be 16 years or over, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Swim Trips FAQ’s
For more information such as kit suggestions, fitness levels please read our Swim Trips FAQ’S here.
Pete & Andrea and the Swim the Lakes Team