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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!

Cold Water Swimming Tips

By |2022-01-07T14:42:09+01:00November 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?

Kicking off the Festivities

By |2017-10-30T11:23:56+01:00November 15th, 2016|News|

This weekend its Ambleside's Christmas Lights Festival and we're kicking off the festivities with 20% off all goggles in-store and online 10% off Dryrobes in-Store only There's also a glass of warming ginger wine for those who have been for a chilly dip, So come on down to one of the best weekends in Ambleside [...]

How To buy The Right Size Swim Wetsuit

By |2018-05-10T13:54:02+01:00October 25th, 2016|Articles|

Getting the perfect size wetsuit for open water swimming is quite an art form, we've put these tips together to help you get the wetsuit on correctly and to get the fit right first time. Fit is everything with a swimming wetsuit - too tight and you'll feel restricted, too big and you'll be [...]

Swallows and Amazons adventure now a reality for swimmers

By |2016-10-28T15:04:44+01:00October 21st, 2016|News|

Fans of Arthur Ransome’s classic Lakes’ story Swallows and Amazons will have a chance to live the adventure for themselves next summer. Ambleside-based Swim the Lakes are hosting a weekend activity holiday which includes a sail on “Captain Flint’s houseboat” and a swim to Wild Cat Island. The base for the weekend is Low Bank [...]

Festival of the Fells Ambleside

By |2018-01-31T10:53:52+01:00August 16th, 2016|Ambleside, Lake District, Wild Swimming|

The Festival of the Fells Ambleside is celebration of mountain, outdoor and cultural activities all in the glorious surroundings of the Lake District national park. Centred upon the pretty town of Ambleside and its surrounding area, the festival will appeal to fell lovers, outdoor folk and those who love the Lake District.   The Festival of [...]

Night Swimming With Secret Britain

By |2017-10-30T11:34:12+01:00July 28th, 2016|Blog, News, Wild Swimming|

At the end of last Summer we had the pleasure of taking Ellie Harrison and the Secret Britain team night swimming for a BBC programme that focused on the secrets of the Lake District. The episode aired earlier this year,  you might have seen see it. It was a beautiful evening and, with the [...]

Free Great North Swim with Brathay

By |2016-10-28T15:04:45+01:00May 27th, 2016|News|

We like what Brathay do, and what they stand for here at Swim the Lakes and are keen to find them some swimmers for the Great North Swim and to help them raise some money for their work… There is one catch: We’ve only got 2 and a bit weeks before the swim and the question is… are YOU up for the challenge?

The Great Eskape

By |2017-11-07T12:40:48+01:00May 13th, 2016|Blog|

Everything about the place is a delight – the views down the broad sweep of the surrounding fells, the viridian green of the water, the surrounding meadow dotted with dog violets, the perfect crook of the riverside tree which was just made to jump off.

The Naked Truth

By |2017-10-30T11:40:02+01:00April 4th, 2016|Blog, News|

Our news piece last Friday (1st April) re The Great Naked Swim Challenge was, as many of you guessed, an April fool, Thank you for all for your interest and support. We didn't get any takers which means either the idea of swimming naked across Windermere doesn't appeal to anyone (although I'm sure it [...]

The Great Naked Swim Challenge

By |2016-10-28T15:04:45+01:00March 31st, 2016|News|

Our new challenge swim launched today is the ultimate adventure experience for open water swimmers - The Great Naked Swim Challenge. While the tough ladies and gents of the swimming world go in 'skins', our latest challenge is to take this literally and drop the trunks and costumes before taking the plunge. Participants will shed their clothes [...]

Secret Britain Swims the Lakes

By |2016-10-28T15:04:45+01:00March 25th, 2016|Blog, Lake District, Wild Swimming|

It was only 6.30pm on a moody September evening and we were jumping around like excited school children itching to get in the water. A fairly normal state of affairs prior to a night swim, but we were getting a bit impatient and silly, as the darkness seemed a long way off, and we had a secret we were dying to tell…

Coming in From the Cold: The Winter Swim Championships, Siberia

By |2018-12-03T17:49:48+01:00March 17th, 2016|Blog, Reviews|

Brit Jane Hardy travelled to Tyumen in Siberia, 8-12th March 2016 to take part in the Winter Swimming World Championships, her biggest challenge was coping with the extreme cold. With air temperatures close to sub 20'c with a possible wind-chill of minus 30'c and water temperatures below zero, Jane really needed something special to combat [...]

All Together Now for Ambleside

By |2017-11-07T12:56:00+01:00March 9th, 2016|Ambleside, Blog, Lake District, News|

A new group has been formed bringing together the businesses and supporters of Ambleside to promote the town, its attractions and events. Ambleside Together has been created by a group of local business people as a response to the winter storms and the impact on tourism and visitor numbers. The first challenge for the [...]

Waterhead Improvement Scheme Started

By |2017-11-07T12:44:25+01:00March 2nd, 2016|Ambleside, Blog, Lake District, News|

The redevelopment of Waterhead, Ambleside is in full swing. The improvement to Waterhead  promenade will include resurfacing walkways, repairing walls and installing a ‘panorama’ board, to identify key Lakeland landmarks that can be seen from the shore.   Theres also new benches and seating, better landscaping and railings and litter bins all designed to [...]

Ambleside to Host First Festival of the Fells

By |2017-11-07T12:48:18+01:00February 23rd, 2016|Ambleside, Blog, News|

Ambleside is to host the country’s first Festival of the Fells, offering a feast of walking, swimming, scrambling and talks in the town. The event, in September, will celebrate the landscape, culture, history and outdoor activity in the heart of the Lake District. Organised by Ambleside Together, the festival will be staged over four [...]

Free Great North Swim Places

By |2016-10-28T15:04:45+01:00February 19th, 2016|News|

Free Charity Great North Swim Places with the Meningitis Trust. Meningitis Now are offering free charity places in the Great North Swim in June for anyone who would like to take part, in return for a minimum of £150 sponsorship. The Great North Swim in Windermere is Europe’s largest open water sponsored event, and where [...]

South Lakes Wild Swims – The Elterwater Trilogy

By |2017-10-26T14:39:31+01:00February 5th, 2016|Ambleside, Articles, Great Days Out, Lake District Days Out, Wild Swimming|

My top tip for this week is a lovely area of the South Lakes to swim as it has multiple swimming options, and a good café and pubs nearby too if the weather gets really miserable and you need to put your escape route option into play. I have also seen the otters and the lovely goldeneye ducks fishing and playing around here over the past two weeks which is always a lovely sight.

Offers on New Robies Range for Winter Swimmers

By |2017-10-30T12:02:33+01:00January 29th, 2016|Ambleside, News, Open Water Swimming|

Swim the Lakes has teamed up with everyone's favourite changing robe brand, Robies to offer winter swimmers a great introductory deal on their new range of swimming changing robes. Welcome to the Team Robies:) The highlight of the range is the new Event Jacket from Robies which will appeal to Ice Swimming enthusiasts competing in The [...]


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