Bespoke Guided Swims in the Lake District

#1 Guided Wild Swims

We offer bespoke guided swims to any of our extensive swimming locations here in the English Lake District.

Make the most of our local knowledge and optimise your precious swimming time – we’ll take you straight to some of the most beautiful swimming locations in the country (including our secret spots!).
Families are welcome with children over the age of eight.

#2 Guided Length of Lake Support

Having competed in most of the long distance swimming events in the Lakes ourselves, we also guide swimmers who want to take on the classic swimming challenges of our big lakes e.g. Windermere, Ullswater and will take care of safety cover, logistics and navigation for distance swimmers. Support is provided by expert kayak-er(s) / canoeists who are experienced in guiding swimmers and in looking after people in outdoor situations.

Experienced Guiding

With a lifetime of outdoor guiding, coaching and kayaking, both in and on the water, amongst our fells and mountains we offer you unrivalled flexibility for safety cover, logistics and variety for your Lake District swimming adventure.
We use kayaks, open boats (Indian canoes), swimmer in-water or a mixture of these depending on the swim requirements.
We have an impeccable safety record and all of our swim guides are friendly, experienced, qualified and insured.

I would wholeheartedly recommend the Swim the Lakes team to support your swim adventures. Pete kayaked for me when I swam the length of Windermere last September. He helped me with the logistics, in swim nutrition which he then managed from the kayak, along with some social media posting so my sponsors knew where I was throughout the swim. Liz Roe


Most availability is during May, June & early July and mainly mid-week. I’m afraid we are not able to take bespoke bookings in August – October.

How to book a bespoke swim or guided length of lake swim

Just contact us by email at [email protected], with your query and please provide:

  • an idea of what kind of adventure swim you are interested in, (e.g. length of a lake,  fells and tarns, island adventures, wild dips and nature ) and area or Lake you have in mind (if you have one).
  • your level(s) of experience
  • number of people and ages if under 18.
  • ideal dates you’d like to swim. (At least the month & whether weekend mid-week)
  • Check our swim calendar first as we may have a swim on already that you could join in with.

We will get back to you as soon as we can with a quote. We do get booked up quite quickly so please do allow plenty of time.
All bespoke bookings require a deposit (or full payment if under £100)  at time of booking. Please see our swim terms & conditions.

Looking forward to hearing from you; Come on in… the waters lovely!

Related Links

Find out more about swim the lakes 

Swim the Lakes Swim Calendar

Short Guided Swims

Adventure Day Swims

Adventure Swim Breaks