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How to get into Open Water Swimming

By |2018-03-16T15:14:31+00:00March 16th, 2018|Blog|

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.

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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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4 Ways to Buy the Right Wetsuit From Swim the Lakes

By |2018-04-09T11:05:30+00:00April 27th, 2017|Blog, News|

A full range of BlueSeventy Wetsuits and the Orca Open Water Core wetsuit are back in stock for 2018 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 [...]

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 [...]

Night Swimming With Secret Britain

By |2017-10-30T11:34:12+00:00July 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 [...]

The Great Eskape

By |2017-11-07T12:40:48+00:00May 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+00:00April 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 [...]

Secret Britain Swims the Lakes

By |2016-10-28T15:04:45+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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 [...]

Head to the Hills becomes Swim the Lakes

By |2017-11-23T14:39:25+00:00December 29th, 2015|Ambleside, Blog, Media Hounds, News|

The iconic Lake District adventure firm Head to the Hills has re-branded as Swim the Lakes. “This reflects more accurately what we do and who we are, the Lake District’s open water swimming specialists,” says co-owner Pete Kelly. He and his wife Andrea have been inviting enthusiasts to join the adventure since 2005 when [...]

Ambleside Climbing Wall

By |2017-11-23T14:51:06+00:00November 15th, 2015|Ambleside, Blog|

Ambleside Climbing Wall Visitors to Ambleside are about to be 'stone-walled' with the opening of a new indoor climbing wall. Ambleside-based Adventure Peaks company is building a new indoor climbing centre within what was the old 'Young’s Furnishing' building on Lake Road. The wall is said to be 10.5 meter’s high and will be [...]

Open Water Swimming and Self Esteem

By |2017-11-23T14:21:02+00:00October 31st, 2014|Blog|

Outdoor activities such as open water swimming can provide coping strategies and well-being in other areas of life a study reveals. Researchers at Bangor University are looking into the positive effects that playing outside may have on you and your self-esteem. The study aims to find out just how taking part in outdoor activities affects [...]

Windermere’s Speed Battle

By |2018-01-31T14:22:00+00:00October 17th, 2014|Blog|

The Westmorland Gazette this week (16.10.14) claims there is a 'speed battle' on Windermere as 'fresh calls have been made for the 10 mph nautical speed limit to be lifted' and others want water-skiers banned completely. Although it doesn't say who these 'others' are. The rise in the numbers of open water swimmers using Windermere [...]

Deepest, Steepest, Highest

By |2017-11-23T15:11:00+00:00September 25th, 2014|Blog|

Deepest, Steepest, Highest This Sunday we are proud to support the Wasdale Triathlon; the world's toughest Half Ironman Triathlon. The deepest lake, the steepest mountain passes and the highest mountain in England are all genuine challenges in their own right, but to do them in a oner earns my respect.   Wasdale Triathlon competitors will face [...]

On-Street Parking Meters in Ambleside, Have Your Say.

By |2017-11-23T15:18:03+00:00April 25th, 2014|Ambleside, Blog|

The Westmorland Gazette continued their report this week (25-4/14) on the proposed on street parking charges in Ambleside, where hundreds of people have signed petitions opposing the plans. An online petition created by Lakes county councillor Heidi Halliday, attracted more than 500 signatures in one week, The Spar has also gathered hundreds on a [...]

Lake District Adventure Capital UK Bid

By |2017-11-23T15:06:46+00:00April 4th, 2014|Blog, Lake District|

Cumbria and the Lake District is aiming to become the ‘Adventure Capital of the UK’. Just as New Zealand is often referred to as the world’s adventure holiday destination, the Lake District and Cumbria hope to achieve something similar for the UK Cumbria Tourism aims to promote the region’s natural 'great outdoors’ environment as [...]

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