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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 [...]

Bid to Buy Stickle Tarn

By |2017-08-23T09:48:04+00:00November 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?   [...]

Ambleside Christmas Lights

By |2019-11-13T14:45:33+00:00November 2nd, 2015|Ambleside, News|

The 3rd Saturday in November marks the official start of Christmas every year in Ambleside and in 2019 that's Saturday 16th November and its the day of the big Christmas lights switch on.  Alongside the annual Rush-bearing procession and the famous Ambleside sports this is one of those days in the year where locals [...]

2017 Swim Calendar

By |2017-01-12T12:25:55+00:00October 30th, 2015|News|

Planning your swims and actives for 2017? You can see what we have planned for 2017 in our swim calendar. Our Swim calendar has our short guided wild swims and introduction courses suitable for those starting out in open water and the adventure day swims and swim breaks suitable for confident swimmers. If you need [...]

Open Water Swimming Courses in the Lake District

By |2017-10-30T12:07:50+00:00October 30th, 2015|News|

Get into outdoor swimming in the fabulous surroundings of the Lake District National Park or boost your confidence and skills training for open water swimming events with these awesome open water swimming workshops.  Introduction to Open Water Swimming The perfect introduction to open water swimming for beginners, we make it easy for you to get in the water [...]


By |2017-01-12T12:42:31+00:00October 29th, 2015|News|

Many Thanks for your kind support, we have received over a hundred emails and expressions of interest. We are unable to reply to each individually but please be assured we do have your messages. We are talking with a couple of other similar groups and individuals who may be able to help us. The £20 - [...]

Aquasphere Kaiman EXO Goggle Review

By |2017-08-23T19:35:59+00:00October 4th, 2015|Reviews|

I'm always looking for swimming goggles to range in our Ambleside store that will appeal to the many different kinds of swimmers we get walking through the door… I think I might have found my favourite so far.   The Kaiman EXO goggle looks like a low-profile version of other goggles in the Aquasphere range and [...]

End of Season Wetsuit Sale

By |2016-10-28T15:04:45+00:00September 1st, 2015|News|

Come and grab a bargain. We have some ex-demo and New BlueSeventy wetsuits at discount prices for sale. Ex demos from £69, New from £119.99   New Suits AquaSphere Pursuit RRP £185; NOW £119.99 Sprint RRP £165; NOW £131.99 Fusion RRP £245, NOW 199.99 Reaction RRP £345; NOW £276.99 Ex Demos (individually priced) from: £69 -  £169 Various sizes, sprint, fusion, reaction. [...]

Test Drive A BlueSeventy Helix

By |2017-10-30T12:10:57+00:00May 30th, 2015|News|

Take a super fast Helix for a spin in Windermere with the BlueSeventy and Head to the Hills. The Helix has won more races than any other wetsuit, ever. If you are considering a wetsuit upgrade to improve your performance this season then do not miss this opportunity to test drive a BlueSeventy Helix. [...]

Gloves for Swimming in Colder Water

By |2017-08-23T14:50:23+00:00May 27th, 2015|Reviews|

Review: Gloves for Swimming in Colder Water   Swimming gloves and swimming socks help keep your extremities warm enabling you to stay comfortable for longer in colder waters. I suffer from 'white finger', even on hill walks and fell runs my hands can go solid white and numb, so I was really motivated to find [...]

The Great Lake District Swim Challenge

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

Open Water Swim Training in The Lake District

By |2017-10-30T10:47:21+00:00March 4th, 2015|News, Open Water Swimming|

Open water and outdoor swimming events in the Lake District grow more popular every year and as the sport develops so is the demand for open water swim training. Introduction to Open Water Swimming Swim the Lakes run popular Introduction to Open Water Swimming workshops for swimmers who are making the transition from pool to open [...]

The Great Lake District Swim Challenge

By |2017-01-12T18:55:36+00:00March 1st, 2015|News|

Introducing The Great Lake District Swim Challenge   The Lake District is England's largest national park and a world-class swimming destination,  the Great Lake District Swim Challenge is to swim across all the swim-able Lakes in the national park. The challenge has two parts; The Great Lake District Swim Challenge West trip is a fantastic [...]

Stickle Tarn For Sale

By |2016-10-28T15:04:45+00:00January 27th, 2015|News|

Stickle Tarn For Sale Stickle Tarn is one of the iconic features of the Lake District, it’s not just a tarn as for many it encompasses what the Lake District means to them. Their first Lake District fell walk, a first wild swim, an epic climb; it’s a place of inspiration that leads for many [...]

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