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Established in 2005, Swim the Lakes pioneered open water swimming as an experience in the Lake District and where better? The Lake District national park, now a world Heritage site, is a stunning area of the UK and one of the best places in the world for swimming outdoors. 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. We swim for the love of it, we do it safely and we leave only ripples and warm smiles behind. We want to share our secret swimming spots with you - they are too good to keep to ourselves. Book on one of our intro courses or guided wild swimming trips and Swim the Lakes! Pete & Andrea
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How to Stay Warm When Swimming in Cold Water

By |2020-04-24T16:12:26+00:00April 23rd, 2020|Articles|

You may have seen on social media the different ways swimmers are getting their water fix; in endless pools, paddling pools and tethered pool set-ups in the back garden. Many regular outdoor swimmers have found some water to quell their thirst and are swimming where it is safe to do so in local lakes [...]

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Swim The Lakes’ Statement for Covid-19.

By |2020-05-12T12:46:10+00:00March 16th, 2020|News|

We are happy to help online and on the phone. You can still place online orders and we will dispatch your order as soon as possible. You can also ring us on 015394 33826 to place orders and make bookings. Our shop in Ambleside is temporarily closed. Update on Current Situation 12/05/20 Following  government [...]

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BBC Interview Request – Outdoor Swimming and Overcoming Anxiety

By |2020-04-02T12:37:52+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Media Hounds|

Outdoor Swimming and Overcoming Anxiety There there is lots of anecdotal evidence that outdoor swimming improves the mood and can help decrease anxiety and depression (and growing scientific evidence). We know from personal experience that swimming helps with all sorts of life challenges, and it was no surprise when we received an email from the [...]

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My First Aquathlon – One For The Ladies.

By |2020-04-02T12:49:36+00:00February 11th, 2019|Blog|

On a drizzly Saturday afternoon what better way to add excitement to the day than to take part in my first aquathlon, a pool swim straight out to an off-road run. I noticed the Kendal Castle Aquathlon a few weeks ago and harboured a notion to do it, and luckily the stars, the support [...]

Ice Swimming and the Wim Hof Method

By |2019-01-31T16:37:48+00:00January 31st, 2019|Blog|

I have found it very easy to commit the time to learn the simple breathing practices and apply it to my cold water swimming. Immediate benefits include much faster recovery following cold swims, a general feeling of well-being and intense increases in my body temperature following certain breathing exercises.

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Save Grange Lido

By |2019-01-21T17:10:55+00:00January 21st, 2019|Blog|

Grange Lido built in 1932,  is a rare example of beautiful Art Deco swimming pool complex situated in a spectacular position in the Southern Lake District, overlooking Morecambe Bay. It is the only seaside lido in the north of England and as an important piece of heritage it is grade 2 listed. A garden [...]

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End of Season Wetsuit Sale 2018

By |2018-09-23T19:44:00+00:00September 11th, 2018|News|

Ahh sadly summer is slipping away and swim wetsuits are running out of stock. Our end of season wetsuit sale is now on. New Wetsuits on Sale BlueSeventy Sprint (sorry no ladies left) - RRP £175 - Now £149.99 BlueSeventy Fusions - RRP £275 - Now £219.99 BlueSeventy Reactions - RRP £425 - Now [...]

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5 key points on Blue Green Algae for Swimmers

By |2018-07-24T11:37:22+00:00July 24th, 2018|News|

In the hot weather you might be hearing reports of Blue Green Algae and be wondering how this will affect you. Here a five key points to take away. 1.Blanket warnings may be issued for an entire lake, even though only a small area of that lake may be affected. Use your common sense [...]

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Blue Green Algae and Swimming

By |2018-07-24T11:20:15+00:00July 18th, 2018|Articles|

Blue green algae and swimming: Summer has arrived in the Lake District and locals and visiting swimmers alike are enjoying exceptional swimming conditions in one of the most diverse wild swimming destinations in the world. In our local lake Windermere alone we enjoy 3 Environment Agency Designated Bathing Areas with exceptional water quality. However, while we open water swimmers love the calm and sunny weather, conditions are also perfect for the growth of blue-green algae, some forms of which can be harmful to both people and animals. This article aims to inform the open water swimmer of the facts and to help them choose safe swimming locations in the Lake District.

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Puffins Make a Nest in the Lake District

By |2018-05-24T09:56:10+00:00May 22nd, 2018|News, Sutainability|

Swim the Lakes launch a new company - Puffin Swim. The north’s leading open water swimming experts Swim the Lakes have launched a new company - Puffin Swim, which aims to combine swim safety and adventure with sustainability. Puffin is made for adventure Puffin Swim is passionate about swimming outdoors and the real adventure of [...]

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How to get into Open Water Swimming

By |2018-03-16T15:14:31+00:00March 16th, 2018|Blog|

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.

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River Swimming in the Lake District

By |2018-03-06T12:06:23+00:00February 21st, 2018|Articles|

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

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Wild Swimming in the Dubs, Pots and Pools of the Lake District

By |2018-02-27T12:43:04+00:00February 9th, 2018|Articles|

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.

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Lake Swimming in the Lake District

By |2018-02-27T12:28:49+00:00February 8th, 2018|Articles|

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.

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Tarn Swimming in the Lake District

By |2018-02-27T12:34:36+00:00January 31st, 2018|Articles|

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 [...]

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Escape to the Country Cumbria

By |2018-01-31T15:07:20+00:00January 31st, 2018|Media Hounds|

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 [...]

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How to go Lake Swimming in the Dark

By |2017-10-26T19:00:31+00:00October 26th, 2017|Articles, Water Adventures, Wild Swimming|

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, [...]

Brush-up Your Lifesaving Skills

By |2018-01-11T11:00:09+00:00October 3rd, 2017|News|

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 [...]

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Ex-Demo Wetsuit Sale

By |2017-09-27T11:19:17+00:00September 27th, 2017|News|

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 [...]

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By |2017-09-07T14:25:07+00:00September 7th, 2017|Blog|

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 [...]

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