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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!

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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WETSUIT GURUS EXTRA-ORDINAIRE

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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Super September Wetsuit Sale

By |2017-11-22T14:35:13+00:00September 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+00:00July 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 |2018-02-27T13:09:28+00:00May 11th, 2017|Articles|

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 [...]

4 Ways to Buy the Right Wetsuit From Swim the Lakes

By |2019-05-09T15:32:35+00:00April 27th, 2017|Blog, News|

A full range of BlueSeventy Wetsuits and the Orca Open Water Core wetsuit are back in stock 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+00:00April 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 |2020-05-23T17:00:14+00:00March 31st, 2017|News|

Get your New Wetsuit For the 2020 Season Its wetsuit selling season and the BlueSeventy Sprints, Fusions and Reactions are in stock at Swim the Lakes, Ambleside. Swim the Lakes are the wetsuit fitting experts and we offer you 3 ways to get the wetsuit that's right for you. 1) Wetsuit Fittings In-store Come and [...]

Swim all the Lake District in 2017

By |2017-03-09T13:21:17+00:00March 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 |2018-12-03T17:59:35+00:00February 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 [...]

RLSS and British Tri Launch Strategy to Develop Open Water Swimming

By |2017-01-25T11:59:15+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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 |2020-11-18T17:17:42+00:00December 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.

Wetsuits for Cold Water Swimming

By |2017-10-26T14:25:59+00:00December 9th, 2016|Articles, Cold Water Swimming, Lake District, Water Adventures, Wild Swimming|

Temperatures are dropping and you are struggling to find swimming friends, BUT YOU STILL WANT TO SWIM OUTSIDE! Well, I’m with you on that one; years of swimming outdoors have given me a serious aversion to over-chlorinated indoor pools and busy swim lanes. Why put up with that when I can have the whole lake to myself… in December… when it’s bloody freezing…

Swim for Children in War

By |2020-02-03T13:01:52+00:00December 6th, 2016|News|

SWIM FOR CHILDREN IN WAR - A Virtual Swimming Event Swim the Lakes director Andrea Kelly launched, what she believes to be the first virtual swimming event that you can take part in anywhere, in January 2017. The challenge, in aid of Save the Children, is to swim a 10k swimming marathon, indoors or outdoors [...]

Christmas Deliveries & Returns 2020

By |2020-12-02T18:29:37+00:00December 6th, 2016|News|

Christmas Deliveries. Christmas 2020 Deliveries  We can dispatch orders as usual until 2 pm Mon 21st Dec 2020 using our standard UK service via Royal Mail, however, if your item is needed for Christmas we recommend our ‘express UK’ Service from the 18th Dec 2020. No orders are dispatched on Christmas day, Boxing day, New [...]

Cold Water Swimming Tips

By |2018-12-03T17:46:59+00:00November 29th, 2016|Articles, Cold Water Swimming, Water Adventures, Wild Swimming|

So… you’ve fallen in love with open water swimming and you can’t bear the fact that the season will end and you want to swim right throughout the winter? Or are you are one of the growing number of competitive swimmers and triathletes that want to push your boundaries in freezing cold conditions outside of the traditionally accepted temperature parameters of your sport?

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