The Buttermere Swim Hike
The Buttermere Swim Hike sums up our approach to wild swimming in the Lake District and combines our love for all things outdoors. We swim the most interesting shoreline route along the length of Buttermere. We’ll travel right beneath the shadow of Fleetwith Pike, High Stile and Hay Stacks, some of the finest sighting marks in Britain!
Not only is the view above the water lovely, the underwater view is exceptional too! thanks to the crystal clear water which runs clear off the side of the rocky fells surrounding the lake.
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 boat (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 and enjoy every aspect of what this part of the Lakes has to offer. Our friendly and experienced local guides have been swimming, hiking and climbing here for most of their lives and are always nearby to offer advice and swimming tips.
Buttermere Swim Hike Itinerary
As always in mountainous areas, our itinerary is dependent on the weather but we hope to enjoy all that Buttermere has to offer. We will meet in Buttermere 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. Link to Wetsuit and equipment hire.
See the FAQ’s tab on the left for more information or call us on 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. 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 towfloat big enough for your shoes and personal items.
• If you get cold a rash vest or thermal top to wear under your wetsuit.
• Bright swim cap.
• Lightweight packtowel.
• 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 water – thanks.
I don’t have a tow-float, can I borrow one?
Yes, no problem. Just contact us in plenty of time to let us know.
What do i do with my phone and keys?
Keys and phone should be kept in a separate waterproof drybag and taken with you, 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.
This is a new swim for 2019 so no reviews yet, however, we think it’s awesome!