Open Water Swimming & Wild Swimming, Lake District, UK.

Swim the Lakes pioneered open water swimming as an experience in the Lake District and there’s nowhere better. The Lake District national park is a stunning area of the UK and, now a World Heritage site, its one of the best places in the world for swimming outdoors. The water quality here is fabulous, the views above and under the water are inspiring.

Swim the Lakes was established in 2005 by Pete & Andrea Kelly who were already guiding people around the Lake District fells and hosting successful mountain navigation courses. Pete and his team now guide swimmers through this amazing landscape and explore it from a new and very different perspective through short wild swims in the Lake District to full adventure swimming holiday breaks.  We also introduce many people to the joys of swimming outdoors through our popular beginners Introduction to Open Water Swimming Courses.

The Lake District’s Open Water Swimming Specialists.

Swim the Lakes are the only specialist open water swimming company of its kind, providing courses,  guided swims and swimming holidays, plus all the gear you need in our open water swimming shop.

Our shop has everything you need for open water and wild swimming including a specialist wetsuit fitting service and  outdoor swimming accessories.

The Swim the Lakes team of guides and shop staff are passionate about open water swimming and in ensuring you have the best trip possible and source the best open water swimming gear.

In Safe Hands.

With Swim the Lakes you are in safe hands. Swim the Lakes are professionals with many years experience in group management and safety on water, on land and in the hills, on top of this we’ve been swimming the rivers, lakes and tarns of the Lake District since we were small.

Swim the Lakes staff and associates are qualified in life-guarding, water safety management, first-aid, emergency response, mountain leadership and also experienced swimmers and excellent kayakers and open boaters. Meet the Swim the Lakes team here.

One of Cumbria’s Best Tourism Experiences

At the 2014 Cumbria Tourism awards Swim the Lakes were finalists in the Tourism Experience award. The award is for businesses that provide an outstanding and memorable experience, offering attention to detail and concern for the visitors’ well-being and enjoyment. Since then the popularity of open water swimming has grown and grown.

Our Values

Our main values that under pin our whole company are to be…

friendly, professional, experienced, knowledgeable and safe…,

our aim is to make these values transparent throughout all our activities and adventures.

Headline Swimming Adventures

We have a reputation for creating excellent outdoor adventures! Our trips and courses have featured in prestigious magazines and newspapers including:

The Guardian,

The Sunday Telegraph,

Boarder TV,

BBC CountryFile,

Secret Britain,

Lancashire Life,

Cumbria Magazine

plus much more, see our  Swim the Lakes In the Media page.

happy swimming, Pete & Andrea.


Join us and share the adventure: join us today on Facebook and come along to our  Introduction to Open Water Swimming Courses and guided swims. We’d love to see you there.

Related Information:

Shop for Open Water Swimming Gear 

Customer Testimonials 

Swim the Lakes in the Media 

View Site Map 

Meet the Team