So you’ve been meaning to get into open water swimming and you just don’t know where to start? It’s not always obvious and if you don’t live near the sea or any lakes you may have to do a bit of research first. Here are our top 5 tips on how to get into open water swimming.
As the gills, becks and rivers link all of the different types of wild swimming covered in this series of articles, river swimming in the Lake District is really good fun and is the best way to pass a lazy summers day on holiday. Blue lining is one of our favourite things to do – get out your map and look for the blue lines (rivers), that’s where the adventure begins and all you need to do is find the best places to swim. Here are our top 3 river swimming spots to get you started
Swimming in a swirling dub amidst a remote Lake District fell is the epitome of wild swimming. Whenever I’m guiding swimmers during an adventure swimming day out, it is always the wild swimming in the pools of the Lake District that puts big smiles on faces. It the kind of swimming you may have done as a child and it is an absolute delight to rediscover it as an adult.
The Lake District is the spiritual home of lake swimming in Britain and is a world class swimming destination. With some of the longest natural lakes in the country and hundreds of smaller lakes and tarns to swim, there really is lake swimming for all here. Find out where the best lake swimming is located and what to do when you get there. Better still, come swimming with the experts at Swim the Lakes on some of our favourite local swims.
Tarn Swimming in the Lake District There is nothing quite like the experience of tarn swimming; it takes you to the very soul of a place. A true tarn is formed between the enclosing arms of a cirque as a glacier melts and recedes, forming a small mountain lake. Thanks to the dramatic location [...]
Swim the Lakes were on BBC's Escape to Country on Monday (22nd Jan) and on Iplayer after. Watch Pete demonstrating just how much fun you can have in the Lakes. Its a property hunt show and this episode they are in Cumbria helping a triathlete couple look for a home. Lake District Open Water [...]
Swimming at night is an amazing experience that should be on your bucket list, but please do it safely, here we share our experience and tips on how to go lake swimming in the dark. How to go Lake Swimming in the dark: Do a daylight recce: check entry and exit points, potential dangers, [...]
Adult Sessions at Kendal Lifesaving Club Kendal Lifesaving club are starting their adult sessions again on Friday 12th January 2018 at Kendal Leisure Centre from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Adult life saving club is monthly and this months session will be run by Pete Kelly who is a RLSS lifesaving instructor and experienced open water swimmer. If you have any [...]
The Swim the Lakes 2017 Ex-demo wetsuit sale is now on: There's some great bargains to be had, these suits will not be listed individually on the website, so please do ring for advice or come along to our Ambleside shop. BlueSeventy Sprint BlueSeventy Fusion Various WMS £89 WML £89WL £89 WXLA £79 SM [...]
Fi from 'Two Blondes Walking' had a problem, she really wanted a swimming wetsuit but was feeling frustrated and a tad fed up as her online purchase hadn't gone very well and she was beginning think she would not get a wetsuit to fit. Luckily a friend recommend she get in touch with us [...]
Join in our super wetsuit sale and grab yourself a bargain MENS BlueSeventy Sprint XL (Ex-demo) RRP £165, Now £89 (not available online). Aqua sphere Pursuit XS RRP Now £119.00 BlueSeventy Sprint SM, M, MT RRP £165, Now £129.99 BlueSeventy Reaction SMT RRP £345, Now £310 BlueSeventy Thermal Helix L RRP £545, Now £444.99 [...]
The Lake District, which has been celebrated in paintings, drawings and words since the 18th century, has been named a Unesco World heritage site this recognition means the region joins the ranks of Taj Mahal, the great wall of China , the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge as an important place of international acclaim. The [...]
We often get asked 'which Lakes can you swim in the Lake District?' But access to our beautiful lakes shouldn't be confusing if you are armed with the right information and a map. Always ensure you access any lake or water using public access, i.e. a public footpath / bridleway and follow the countryside [...]
A full range of BlueSeventy Wetsuits and the Orca Open Water Core wetsuit are back in stock for 2018 in men's and women's sizes. 4 ways to buy the right wetsuit for you Come and visit us in-store for a wetsuit fitting by our experts Ring or email us for some great advice, you [...]
There's been lots of activity in Ambleside today with the first Lake District on location filming of the new adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic, Peter Rabbit. It's a big feature film from Columbia Pictures with James Corden as Peter Rabbit and Sam Neil as Mr McGregor. Ambleside Toy Shop, just up from 'Swim [...]
Get your New Wetsuit For the 2017 Season Its wetsuit selling season and the brand new BlueSeventy Sprints and Fusions are already in stock at Swim the Lakes, with the Reactions, Helix and AquaSphere suits due to arrive mid April. Swim the Lakes are the wetsuit fitting experts and we offer you 3 ways to get [...]
The Great Lake District Swim Challenge 2017 - Swim ALL the Lake District in the ultimate open water challenge The Lake District is England’s largest national park and a world-class swimming destination, now in its third year, the Great Lake District Swim Challenge is to swim all the swim-able Lakes in the Lake District. The challenge [...]
The Thermal Helix is based on blue seventy’s top wetsuit, the Helix. It has all of the major design features of the Helix, a suit that is regarded to be one of the best wetsuits around. It has the 5-5-4 mm construction (5 mm neoprene in the chest and torso, 4 mm in the legs) [...]
Just in from the Casting Researcher from ITV Studios... "Hello there Swim the Lakes Team! I hope you don't mind me getting in touch, but I was wondering if you might be able to help me. I'm currently working on a very exciting brand new entertainment show for ITV called Cannonball. Which I'm sure some [...]
The Royal Life Saving Society UK and British Triathlon have launched a joint strategy to set standards and grow safe open water swimming. British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, have today (25 January) launched a joint strategy to help drive the development of, and safe standards [...]