The Lake District is England’s largest national park and a world-class swimming destination as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the Great Lake District Swim Challenge we attempt to swim all of the swim-able Lakes in the Lake District. This trip covers the eastern Lake District and 8 Lakes or meres in 2 days.
The challenge in this non-stop action packed 2 day trip is to swim across all 8 of the western Lakes, journeying between them via the spectacular geography of the Lake District National Park. As our Lakes are all nestled in valley’s between huge mountain ranges the journey is all part of the experience and is as much fun as the swimming. The views from the swim bus will be as breath-taking as the swims themselves.
Swim Ability & Fitness: Suitable for confident outdoor swimmers, who are comfortable in open water (Lakes or Sea), and who can swim at least 2 miles in one session and can swim one mile in 50mins or less. This trip requires moderate fitness and involves some walking.
Swim Challenge East Itinerary:
See the Itinerary / Accommodation/ Info tabs on the left for more information.
A full trip itinerary will be sent to you when you book.
Swim Challenge East What’ s Included:
- Qualified & experienced swimming guides and mountain leaders
- Private luxury swim-bus travel between swims
- Kayak safety cover & tow-float use where appropriate
- A bright Swim the Lakes swim cap
- 2 Nights hostel dorm accommodation
- All meals are included
- Parking at the accommodation is free & subject to availability. Extra parking is available for a charge.
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Day One, You have time to decompress and perhaps a dip before we meet at 4pm at Ambleside YHA on the shore of Windermere for introductions, a quick swim, briefing and group introductions.
Our swim challenge starts in earnest on day two morning, bright and early as we jump into our swim bus which will be our steed for the next 2 days, it takes us around to the western shore of Windermere where you will swim back just in time for breakfast! We swim through our itinerary swiftly moving from one Lake to the next and swimming two widths (or one) of each in turn. It involves some walking into access and exit points and lunches may be eaten ‘on the hoof’ depending on the weather. Although there will always be time for our signature hot chocolate and cake stop.
Day 1 PM – Meet 4pm Ambleside YHA, Acclimatisation Swim
Day 2 AM – Windermere, Coniston, Esthwaite
Day 2 PM – Elter Water, Grasmere, Return to Ambleside
Day 3 AM – Rydal, Brothers Water,
Day 3 PM – Ullswater
Great Lake District Swim Challenge East Statistics:-
Swim Total: 7.1 km
Longest v Shortest Swim: 1600m : 500m
Journey Miles: 106
Lake District Passes: Kirkstone Pass (at 400m its our highest point)
Comfortable Accommodation at Ambleside YHA
This is an inclusive trip, so once you have arrived you can relax and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation is in small dorm rooms, usually between 3 -5 beds, private to our group members only. It’s clean, fun and very informal but if it’s not to your taste you are welcome to arrange alternative accommodation, although we cannot issue any refund on the cost of your booking.
Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner is included. The newly refurbished Ambleside YHA offers an unbeatable location right on the shore of Windermere with stunning views and great facilities.
Its within walking distance of Ambleside and has its own bar and restaurant serving good food and local ales. There’s hot showers and drying rooms too, perfect for our swimming holiday. The hostel has free Wifi for guests.
Swimmer Ability: This is a swim for experienced open water swimmers who can comfortably swim a mile in open water in less than 50mins. Although this is a fun and relaxed trip, we have a lot of lakes to get through and the first day can be quite tough. We’ll be looking after you all the way but this is not a trip for those new to outdoor swimming.
Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits for this trip, please mention at the time of booking if you’d like to hire one.
If you’d like to swim without a wetsuit, it’s no problem, but please contact us to discuss your relevant swimming experience before you book, thanks:)
Group Size: min – max: 8 – 16
Deposit: If you are paying a deposit please remember your outstanding balance must be with us 10 weeks before your trip start date. As we do not send reminders we advise you to put this date in your calendar now. Balances can be paid by ringing us with your card details. See terms & Conditions for more info.
For information on cancellations by us and by you please see our full terms here
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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
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Pete & Andrea