Graham Shapiro is an award-winning British inventor, designer & digital entrepreneur and when he signed up to swim our Great Lake District Swim Challenge (also known as the Graham Shapiro Swim Challenge) to raise money in support of his charitable foundation we were thrilled.
In this article we hope to provide you with all the information you need to help you to choose the right size of swim socks for you. It is based on our extensive experience at our Ambleside shop in fitting our customers with neoprene socks for swimming.
In this article we hope to provide you with all the information you need to help you to choose the right size of swim glove for you. It is based on our extensive experience at our Ambleside shop in fitting our customers with neoprene gloves for swimming.
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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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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]