At Swim the Lakes there is nothing we like better than floating down rivers. This is one of our favourite Lake District wild swimming spots, providing you with the fascinating and relaxed experience of swimming wild. Come along, suit up, and go with the flow.
We meet at our base in Ambleside for a briefing and then take the short walk to our secret swimming river venue, steeped in Lakeland history and home to the kingfisher, otter and pike! Once in the river, the swim takes us along banks of bulrushes and reeds, while we look out for the plentiful wildlife that shares this quiet corner of the Lake with us.
On a quiet morning, it is quite possible to float past grazing deer to the accompaniment of buzzards hunting on the nearby fell. Close encounters with our growing otter population whilst wild swimming are now yearly occurrences; we always hope to be among the lucky few.
The river swim leads out into our most famous lake and takes us towards dramatic views and a change of scene from the river to lake, we’ll contour the shoreline and take a rest on a rock-shelf before heading back
Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Down the River Without A Paddle is perfect for beginners & intermediate outdoor swimmers. For this wild swim journey, the emphasis is on exploring and enjoying the environment, but you do need to be a competent swimmer who can swim 1000m in a pool, front-crawl or breaststroke.
Brief Itinerary: We meet at 9.00am at our Ambleside shop for a briefing before the short walk to our swim. Full details will be emailed after booking.
Non- swimming friends are welcome to explore the shore paths and trails around this beautiful area while we take our swim.
Wetsuit Hire is available here
Please read the ‘Essential Information’ and ‘FAQ’ tabs, on left, for information on what to expect and what to bring and more.
Just a quick note to say thank you for the wild swim. I really appreciate the amount of time and patience you took with us. We both came away from the trip with real sense of achievement. Thank you. Esther
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Any Queries? We are happy to help, see our Swim Trips FAQ page or call 015394 33826