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

Swim the Lakes (previously Head to the Hills ~ Swim the Lakes) pioneered open water swimming as an experience in the Lake District and where better. The Lake District national park is a stunning area of the UK and 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.

Established in 2005 by Pete Kelly & Andrea Tucker we guide swimmers through this amazing landscape and explore it from a new and very different perspective via short wild swims to full adventure swimming breaks.


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 holidays, a specialist wetsuit fitting service and swimming accessories.

In Safe Hands.

With Swim the Lakes you are in safe hands, we 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, plus experienced swimmers and excellent kayakers. Meet the team here.

One of Cumbria’s Best Tourism Experiences

At the 2014 Cumbria Tourism awards we 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.

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