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Down The River Without A Paddle

///Down The River Without A Paddle

Down The River Without A Paddle

From: £30.00

(7 customer reviews)

Get immersed in nature with us on a wild swim down the river, past the ancient Galava ruins and fascinating wetlands opening up into wonderful lake views.  This is one of our favourite Lake District swimming spots, providing you with the fascinating and relaxed experience of swimming wild. Come along, suit up, go with the flow and watch the wildlife go by.

Dates: May Tue 28 | July Wed 24 (full) | Aug Wed 21 2019

Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for beginners & intermediate outdoor swimmers.

Duration: Meet at 09:00 – 1.5 hr trip (40min approx swim)

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Swim Description

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 share this quite corner of the Lake with us.

On a quite 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 river to lake, we’ll contour the shore line 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.

Down the river swim

Brief Itinerary: We meet at 9.00am at our Ambleside shop. 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

Essential Information and FAQ:

Please see the FAQ and Essential Information tabs to the left for more information.


Customer Testimonials:
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

7 reviews for Down The River Without A Paddle

  1. Mike Dalglish

    Just a quick email to say I really enjoyed the river swim into Windermere you took me and Will on last Thursday.
    I have been bragging about it ever since and everyone thinks I’m mad. Mike .

  2. Georgina Westwood

    great swim, thank you, will come back and do another . Can’t wait to see the pics.  Georgina

  3. Wendy Hall

    Had a brilliant mornings swim with a lovely group of people. Thank you.

  4. Joanna Jefferies

    Professional and inspiring we will be returning! I will promote your company when ever I get the opportunity. Joanna Jefferies down the River 23rd Sept

  5. Eimear Bush

    Hi Pete and Sarah,
    Thanks for such an amazing time on our swim yesterday morning – it was just so special. I will tell anyone I know about it and recommend you to them.
    And you were both fantastic guides making us feel safe and challenged, but it was all done in such an encouraging and gentle way.

  6. Iain James

    I just wanted to say thanks for the river/lake swim this morning – I thought it was great and really well run. Thank you.
    Many thanks again, Iain James

  7. Lyn Hill

    Thanks for a great swim

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How fit do I need to be for the taster session?

You do not need to be super fit or fast, but you do need to be a confident swimmer who can swim at least 1000m in a pool in one session.

How far will we swim and walk?
Its a short 15min walk to our get-in point, the swim is 1000 – 1200m.

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 outdoor clothing and footwear.

Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes, Wetsuit hire is included in the cost and will be given to you after arrival.
We have sizes from XS to XL mens and UK6 – UK20 ladies, please ring us to discuss your hire if you are concerned about sizes.

How cold will the water be?

The lakes vary in temperature between 14-18 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions.

Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits for this wild swim.

Wetsuit Hire: Wetsuit hire is included in the cost and will be given to you after arrival.
We have sizes from XS to XL mens and UK6 – UK20 ladies, please ring us to discuss your hire if you are concerned about sizes.

What to bring: Swimming costume or trunks (we recommend having this on already underneath your clothes for ease.), swim cap, clear goggles (if you have them), big towel, warm clothes for changing back into after your swim, appropriate clothing for the weather, bag to carry your things to the shore.

Group Size: min – max: 3 – 15

Parking: Use any of the car parks in Ambleside, they are all within easy walking distance of Swim the Lakes on Compton Rd. Parking fees are not included in the cost.

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, but there is always a possibility that we may need to make changes to the trip / 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.
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Swim Trips FAQ’s
For more information such as kit suggestions, fitness levels please read our Swim Trips FAQ’S here.

Happy Swimming

Pete & Andrea

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