We indulge our obsession with swimming around islands on the Derwentwater Island Hop, and there is no better place in the Lake District to do it. We enjoy our training swims here so much that we felt that we had to share them with our swimming guests. The views from the bay are some of the best in the North Lakes whatever the weather and the islands we swim to are just the right distance apart for a challenging but very manageable wild swim. They just cry out to swim to… you know the feeling? On the return swim, you can look forward to the best brew in the Lake District and an essential slice of cake:)
Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for experienced swimmers who can comfortably swim a mile in open water. Good fitness level.
09:00 – Meet at Derwentwater. Briefing and change ready to swim
10:00 – In the water, a tour of the islands; 3-4 km
12:00 – Change, brew up and cake onshore.
13:00 – Approx finish
What’s Included: fully guided swim with experienced guides and safety cover. We give you one of our great swim caps as well as Tea/Hot chocolate and cake :).
Wetsuit Hire is available here
Please see the FAQ and Essential Information tabs to the left for more important information on what to expect and what to bring etc.
Dear Pete and Andrea. We have had a lovely day today. Thanks so much for organising such a “great’ event. We are both looking forward to seeing you again at the Windermere swim weekend. Kind regards, Stephen and Pam
Any Queries? We are happy to help, see our Swim Trips FAQ page or call 015394 33826
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
How fit do I need to be for this Wild Swim?
For this adventure you should be able to swim a mile in open water without any worries and be comfortable in open water. Its not a race but you should have a good level of fitness. Confidence in the water is essential as the swimming is very exposed to the weather and it can get quite lively in the water at times. There’s a short walk through some woods to get to the start of our swim.
We aim to satisfy the swimming aspirations of all of our guests without any compromise in your safety.
Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes, wetsuit hire should be arranged in advance, either via this link or by ringing us. Wetsuit hire here
What will the weather be like?
It could be sunny and still, it could be windy and raining, 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.
How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit?
The lakes vary in temperature between 15-18 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions. We swim in wetsuits for warmth and buoyancy. We have swimming wetsuits to hire for a small fee.
If you want to swim without a wetsuit and are conditioned to swimming in cool water, please email us summarising your experience of temperatures and length of time in water – thanks.
Wetsuits: Swims are in full swimming wetsuits for this trip (no shorties). You can hire a wetsuit from us 🙂 please see 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 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.
Group Size: min – max: 5 – 15
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 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, fitness levels please read our Swim Trips FAQ’S here.
Pete & Andrea