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BBC Interview Request – Outdoor Swimming and Overcoming Anxiety

By |2020-04-02T12:37:52+01:00April 3rd, 2019|Media Hounds|

Outdoor Swimming and Overcoming Anxiety There there is lots of anecdotal evidence that outdoor swimming improves the mood and can help decrease anxiety and depression (and growing scientific evidence). We know from personal experience that swimming helps with all sorts of life challenges, and it was no surprise when we received an email from the [...]

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Escape to the Country Cumbria

By |2018-01-31T15:07:20+01:00January 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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Head to the Hills becomes Swim the Lakes

By |2017-11-23T14:39:25+01:00December 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 [...]

Bid to Buy Stickle Tarn

By |2017-08-23T09:48:04+01:00November 12th, 2015|Media Hounds|

Stickle Tarn, in the Langdale Pikes, went on the market in early 2015, it was put up for sale, along with some other parcels of land by the Lake District National Park Authority. BBC : News piece interviewing Pete Kelly on the sale of Stickle Tarn   ITV: The New Guardians of Stickle Tarn?   [...]

The Great Lake District Swim Challenge

By |2016-10-28T15:04:45+01:00April 5th, 2015|Media Hounds|

The launch of the Great Lake District Swim Challenge in 2015 really captured the media's attention and featured in a number of newspapers and magazines. The Westmorland Gazette The Gazette went with the 'fun challenge of swimming 17 Lakes' with the stage being set, they said, for the largest swimming challenge in Lake District History. [...]

Executive Focus

By |2017-08-23T10:06:08+01:00September 14th, 2014|Media Hounds|

  Pete Kelly was the 'Executive' in focus for the Business Review, September 2014. The Business Review is a guide to commerce and industry in Cumbria, the executive feature looks at what it takes to make a good business and in particular how being based in Cumbria can affect a business.   Related Links: About [...]

Dawn Swim in Easedale Tarn with the Guardian

By |2017-08-23T10:20:17+01:00May 29th, 2014|Media Hounds, News|

  This morning the Head to the Hills team (now Swim the Lakes)  including Boot all had their breakfast biscuits early and headed up into the hills with the Guardian’s Helen Pidd and Steve Ashworth from Movie-it for a spot of dawn tarn swimming. The piece for the Guardian was going to be about [...]

Pete Kelly Prepares for Country File Dip

By |2017-08-14T14:31:30+01:00January 20th, 2014|Media Hounds|

Lake District Open Water Swimmer Pete Kelly Prepares for Country File Dip North West Evening Mail Open Water Swimmer Pete Kelly to Take Dip for TV Show - Jan 2014 The evening Mail reported on our up coming appearance taking country file for a dip in the tarns. The paper reported, open water [...]

Ambleside swimmers invited to elite event

By |2017-08-15T19:19:41+01:00January 16th, 2014|Media Hounds|

ITV Border ITV Border came to Windermere in January to report on our invitation to an open water swimming event in London - the Phish Icy Swim Hootenany at the unheated Parliament Hill pool. Where 200 swimmers will be taking part in relay races and individual 60m, 120m and 1000m events. Pete is entered for all four [...]

Swimmers Ready to Take the Plunge

By |2017-08-14T14:15:20+01:00January 16th, 2014|Media Hounds|

Westmorland Gazette    Ambleside Duo Pete and Andrea Kelly will compete in an elite open water swimming competition on Hampstead Heath in London this weekend.       'Lucky to live in the Lakes and have so much choice for swims, it will be a novelty to be in a pool' - Andrea ' [...]

TV star takes chilly dip in Tarn

By |2017-08-23T10:09:19+01:00January 14th, 2014|Media Hounds|

TV Star Takes Chilly Dip in Tarn North West Evening Mail     Wild Swimming expert Pete Kelly was filmed for the BBC's popular CountryFile programme in Blea Tarn, without a Wetsuit. The Water Temp was just 4 degrees celsius.   The show hopes to show how regular training can prepare the body for [...]

Lake District Wild Swimming YouTube Star

By |2017-08-14T11:45:51+01:00August 1st, 2013|Media Hounds|

Lake District Wild Swimming YouTube Star The Westmorland Gazette relaunched this week (August 1st 2013) with even more pages of news, highlights and leisure. The new page 'iGazette' gives a round up of social media and the first YouTube Video Star to be featured is our very own Pete Kelly with the Lake District [...]

Utterly Buttermere Swim 2013 Press

By |2017-08-14T11:35:10+01:00July 27th, 2013|Media Hounds|

Utterly Buttermere Swim 2013 Press Press and Media Coverage of the Head to the Hills Utterly Buttermere Swim 2013 Westmorland Gazette: Hundreds turn out for Buttermere Swim Our local south Lakeland paper reported with the heading 'Hundreds turn out for Buttermere Swim' Daily News of Open Water Swimming The Swimming e-zine site Daily News of [...]

I’m Waving not Drowning, With Lancashire Life

By |2017-08-15T19:15:07+01:00June 1st, 2013|Media Hounds|

I'm waving not drowning...hopefully Sue Riley, Lancashire Life & Lake District Life, June 2013. What a star Sue Riley is! When we invited Sue Riley to come wild swimming her thoughts filled with gliding through undisturbed tarns under a blue sky.....well its is like that sometimes, but this was a wet February morning in Windermere, the [...]

Always keep your socks on…

By |2017-07-24T10:03:26+01:00April 27th, 2013|Media Hounds|

My advice is always keep your socks on... Tom Murphy. Westmorland Gazette, Thursday, April 2013. Two months before the Utterly Buttermere Swim Head to the Hills (now Swim the Lakes) took a group of journalists swimming in Windermere to give them a taste of open water swimming and what the Utterly Buttermere competitors can expect, here's Tom Murphy's account in the Westmorland Gazette. [...]


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