The Crummock Water Swim Hike is the highlight of one of our most popular swimming weekends. Because of that, here it is as one of our Adventure swimming Days. The Crummock Water Swim Hike provides a classic Lake District experience. This valley really was made for exploring and it is a beautiful part of the county, simply made for open water swimmers.
The Crummock Swim Hike is perfect for the outdoor swimmer who loves to be out all day. Under the guidance of our excellent swim guide team, you are sure to have a great day out. Standing at the pebble beach at Lanthwaite Wood and looking south to Buttermere can be an intimidating sight for the uninitiated. You just know that a real swimming adventure lies ahead. Yet the distance of just over 4km is not too much to overcome for a good swimmer. Just remember… we have a good break for lunch at Low Ling Crag.
After a break for lunch, we have the time to explore the nearby fells, including the cleft that leads to Scale Force. This can be a mini-adventure in itself! At the end of the day, you will be left with that quietly satisfied feeling that comes with time well spent outdoors. We look forward to your company.
Crummock Water Swim Hike Itinerary
As always in mountainous areas, our itinerary is dependent on the weather, but we hope to enjoy all that the Crummock Water Swim Hike has to offer. We will meet at Buttermere Village with the meeting place, venue and itinerary to be confirmed upon booking. We can provide all the equipment you will need for this swim with our low-cost hire. Link to Wetsuit and equipment hire.
See the FAQ’s & Essential Info tab on the left for more important information.
Interest in where to swim? See our article: Where to swim in the Lake District
How fit do I need to be for the Crummock Swim Hike?
For this adventure swim a good level of hiking and swimming fitness is recommended, please ensure that you can walk comfortably over mixed ground for at least 6km, and comfortably swim at least 3km IN OPEN WATER. Confidence in the water and the ability to swim effectively is essential; this ability will allow you to enjoy the day rather than endure it.
The swims and walking will be moderate paced with an emphasis on enjoying the journey and surroundings. We aim to satisfy the swimming aspirations of all our guests without any compromise in your safety.
How far will we swim and hike?
Swimming: Approximately 4.5km
Hiking distance: Approximately 6.5km + optional waterfall hike of 3km
Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes, Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible and at least 48hrs before your trip. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here.
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:
• Swimwear, cap and goggles.
• Wetsuit (we hire particularly good quality wetsuits at a cost of £6/person for this swim).
• A tow-float if you have one or buy this 28L drybag float.
• Swimming neoprene gloves, socks, and cap if you feel the cold.
• Pack towel or lightweight changing robe.
• Waterproofs, outdoor clothing, spare fleece, warm socks, and boots.
• Warm hat and gloves and/or sunhat, shades, and sunscreen.
• Insect repellent.
• A rucksack large enough to carry your kit in.
• Packed lunch, snacks, and drink
• Flask of hot drink.
• Small waterproof drybag for phone and keys.e.g. waterproof phone pouch
• Big smiles and an Open Mind.
How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit?
Wetsuits are necessary, the water temperature in the Lakes varies between 13-17 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions.
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. If you think you will get cold or want to optimise your time in the water, bring a wetsuit or a thermal neoprene rash vest.
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. Buy waterproof phone pouch
Where do we park?
Details of car parks will be emailed to you upon booking.
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!
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.
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Swim Trips FAQ’s
For more information such as kit suggestions please read the FAQ’s tab.
Pete & Andrea