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About Swim the Lakes

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
The Lakes - The most exhilarating swimming destination in the World!

Tarn Swimming in the Lake District

By | 2018-02-14T12:20:35+00:00 January 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+00:00 January 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 September 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+00:00 September 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 [...]


Super September Wetsuit Sale

By | 2017-11-22T14:35:13+00:00 September 5th, 2017|News|

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 [...]

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Swim in the UK’s First National Park World Heritage Site

By | 2017-07-11T16:00:37+00:00 July 11th, 2017|News|

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 [...]

Which Lakes Can You Swim In The Lake District?

By | 2018-01-31T14:18:32+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Articles|

This is a useful chart showing which lakes you can and can't swim in the Lake District. It also gives advice about other water users too, so you can choose who you want to share your water with! Access to Lakes of the Lake District Use public footpaths for access to the Lake shore, [...]

4 Ways to Buy the Right Wetsuit From Swim the Lakes

By | 2017-04-27T13:07:30+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Blog, News|

A full range of BlueSeventy Wetsuits and the Aqua Sphere Pursuit Wetsuits are back in stock for 2017 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 can [...]

Peter Rabbit on Location in Ambleside

By | 2017-04-03T19:15:42+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Ambleside, Blog, News|

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 [...]

The Wetsuit Fitting Experts

By | 2017-03-31T15:37:57+00:00 March 31st, 2017|News|

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 [...]

Swim all the Lake District in 2017

By | 2017-03-09T13:21:17+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Lake District, News|

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 [...]

Master Cold Water With a Blue Seventy Thermal Wetsuit

By | 2017-02-20T14:34:24+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Articles, Cold Water Swimming, News|

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) [...]

RLSS and British Tri Launch Strategy to Develop Open Water Swimming

By | 2017-01-25T11:59:15+00:00 January 25th, 2017|News|

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 [...]

Endurance Adventurer Sean Conway Talks At Wilf’s

By | 2017-01-19T12:53:01+00:00 January 19th, 2017|News|

Sean Conway is probably best known for swimming the length of Britain in 2013, a challenge that many thought impossible, Sean disagreed and spent 4.5 months at sea proving it could be done. Sean is an endurance adventurer; in 2016 he completed the world’s longest ultra Triathlon around the coast of mainland Britain. He has [...]

Festive Opening Hours

By | 2017-10-30T11:31:16+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|News|

Swim the Lakes Christmas & New Year Opening Hours Our Ambleside shop opening hours for the festive season 2017-18 Sat 23rd 9.30am - 5pm Sun 24th Closed Mon 25th Closed Tue 26th Closed Wed 27th 10am - 5pm Thur 28th 10am -5pm Fri 29th 10am - 5pm Sat 30th 9.30am - 5pm Sun 31st [...]

Cold Water Swimming Accessories

By | 2017-10-26T13:37:48+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Articles, Cold Water Swimming, Wild Swimming|

We’ve already covered Cold Water Swimming Tips and Wetsuits for Cold Water Swimming in previous articles. But what about the bits of you that often feel the cold the most? Wetsuit wearers as well as winter dippers and potential Ice Swimmers who forgo the wetsuit can still benefit from wearing neoprene accessories to stave off frost nipped extremities as well as use of the ubiquitous Dryrobe or Robie for instant, post-swim cosiness.

If you are having problems booking swims call 015394 33826 or email [email protected] and we will contact you. Swim the Lakes Dismiss