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Buttermere Swim Hike


The Buttermere Swim Hike takes an exciting approach to wild swimming by combining one of our favourite swims, with one of our favourite lakeside walks. We’ve been swimming this route for over 10 years and yet it has never lost its appeal. How could you ever tire of the Buttermere Valley with its clear water and mountain backdrop?

The Buttermere Swim Hike is a really interesting adventure swim that we know will appeal to Swim the Lakes regulars as well as relative newcomers to outdoor swimming.

2022 Dates: Thursday, 9 June

Start Time: 10:00 to finish by approx 14:30. Meeting location, itinerary and parking information will be emailed to you upon booking.

Includes: Fully guided trip with qualified swim guides and support boat(s). Hot chocolate and cake.
Wetsuit and equipment hire available

Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for regular outdoor swimmers. To get the most from this mini-adventure please ensure you can comfortably swim a mile in open water (it doesn’t matter how fast!) and hike for an hour or more on uneven footpaths. Swimming distance varies between 2,000m – 2,500m depending on group ability and aspirations. Hiking distance is 4 km along the beautiful shoreline of Buttermere.

Buttermere Swim Hike Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours

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Product Description

The Buttermere Swim Hike sums up our approach to wild swimming in the Lake District. This swim combines our love for all things outdoors. We swim the most interesting shoreline route along the length of Buttermere. En route we travel right beneath the shadow of Fleetwith Pike, High Stile and Hay Stacks. Some of the finest sighting marks in Britain! The crystal clear water running from the rocky fells surrounding the lake makes for exceptional underwater views too!

The finale of our swim is fascinating and leads us to the beginning of our return hike. A classic walk in its own right, through old stands of larch and pine and with fine views of the lake and surrounding fells.

Buttermere Swim Hike is a real adventure

The Buttermere swim hike provides a real adventure swim as we will carry everything with us in tow floats and on our support boats (we recommend the Puffin Billy 28 Drybag Tow Float), so we can change and enjoy some lakeshore hot choc and cake, and then carry on hiking after our swim. It’s the perfect way to spend a long morning in the Lakes. We plan to enjoy every aspect of what this part of the Lakes has to offer. Our friendly and experienced guides have been exploring here for most of their lives and are always nearby to offer advice.

Buttermere Swim Hike Itinerary

We will be swimming and hiking in a mountainous area. So our itinerary is dependent on the weather but we hope to enjoy all that Buttermere has to offer. We will meet in Buttermere at 10:00, with the meeting place, venue and itinerary to be confirmed upon booking. We can provide all of the equipment you will need for this swim with our low-cost hire if you do not have your own. Wetsuit hire here


Please see the FAQ and Essential Information tabs to the left for more information on what to expect and what to bring etc.

Any Queries? We are happy to help, see our Swim Trips FAQ page or call 015394 33826

How fit do I need to be for the Wild Swim?

For this adventure swim a moderate level of walking and swimming fitness is recommended, please ensure that you are able to swim continuously for at least a mile in open water or non-stop in a pool. Confidence in the water is essential, though beginners to wild swimming are welcome as long as you are a strong pool swimmer. There will be approximately 1.5 hours (group dependent) of moderate walking on uneven tracks and trails to get to our lake and to walk back out after the swim.

The swims and walking will be easy-moderate paced with an emphasis on enjoying the journey and surroundings. We aim to satisfy the swimming aspirations of all of our guests without any compromise in your safety.

How far will we swim and hike?

Lake swimming: approx 2.5km
Hiking distance: approx 4km

Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes, Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible and at least 24hrs before your trip. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here. You can also ring 015394 33826.

What will the weather be like?

It could be sunny and still, it could be windy or rainy, but we do know you are going to have a great time. Please check the weather forecast before you travel and bring suitable clothing and footwear.

What shall I bring?

What to bring:
• Wetsuit (we hire very good quality wetsuits at a cost of £6/person for this swim)
• A drybag tow float big enough for your shoes and personal items (min 28L).
• Swimwear
• If you get cold, a rash vest or thermal top to wear under your wetsuit.
• Bright swim cap.
• Goggles
• Lightweight pack towel.
• Lightweight, efficient outdoor clothing
• A rucksack no bigger than 20 litres to carry your kit in.
• Packed lunch, snacks and drink
• Small waterproof drybag for phone and keys
• Big smiles and an Open Mind.

How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit?

The surrounding lakes and rivers vary in temperature between 15-20 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions. We have swimming wetsuits to hire for a small fee.
If you would like to swim without a wetsuit and are conditioned to swimming in cool water, please email us summarizing your experience of temperatures and length of time in the water – thanks.

I don’t have a tow-float, can I borrow one?

Yes, no problem. Just contact us at least 24hrs in advance to arrange.

What shall I do with my phone and keys?

Keys and phone should be kept in a separate waterproof bag and then taken with you in your float, or given to your swim guide on arrival at the lake to be carried in our group drybag which will travel in the support boat.

Where do we park?

Details of car parks will be emailed to you upon booking.

Hi Pete,
First of all, a big thank you for a super lovely swim on Saturday. It was an immensely enjoyable experience, you even delivered perfect weather for us! Will continue to keep an eye on your events calendar and hope to partake in another in the not too distant future. Just wish Peterborough was a bit closer to the lakes!
Best regards,
Emma W

Wetsuits: Swims are in full swimming wetsuits for this trip (no shorties). Please arrange hire in advance from the ink below.
If you’d like to swim without a wetsuit please contact us to discuss your relevant non-wetsuit swimming experience, thanks.

Wetsuit Hire: Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and can be booked here.

Group Size: min – max: 5 – 16
Confirmation Email: We will send a confirmation after booking, please check your ‘spam folder’ etc.

Trip Caution: Open water swimming by its very nature involves a natural outdoor environment. Although unlikely, there is always a possibility that we may need to make changes to the itinerary due to, for example, weather conditions, water conditions or other issues that may affect safe operation or organisation.

Please read our Swim Trip FAQ’s to ensure you are well prepared and get the most Please read our Swim Trip FAQ’s to ensure you are well prepared and get the most from your swimming adventure.

All participants must be 16 years or over, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
By booking you are agreeing to our booking terms and conditions here

Swim Trips FAQ’s
For more information such as kit suggestions please read the FAQ’s tab.

Happy Swimming

Pete & Andrea

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