The Lake District is England’s largest national park and a world-class swimming destination, the Great Lake District Swim Challenge is to swim all 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 and to journey between them via the spectacular geography of the Lake District National Park, as our Lakes are nestled between huge mountain ranges. The views from the swim bus are sure to be as breath-taking as the swims themselves.
Swim Ability & Fitness: Suitable for regular outdoor swimmers, who are comfortable in open water, have swum at least 2 miles in one session and can swim one mile in 50mins or less. Involves some moderate walking.
Itinerary: A full swim itinerary will be sent to you when you book.
What’ s Included:
- Qualified & experienced swimming guides and mountain leader
- Private mini-bus to accompany you
- Kayak safety cover & floats where appropriate
- A bright Swim the Lakes swim cap
- ‘Great Lake District Swim Challenge’ T-Shirt
- 2 nights accommodation
- Meals including hearty breakfast and packed lunch on both day two and day three.
- Parking at the accommodation is free & subject to availability. Extra parking is available for a charge.
See the Itinerary / Accommodation/ Info tabs on the left for more information.
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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 but of course you have to swim back. 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 sustenance will be eaten ‘on the hoof’.
Accommodation is provided at the Ambleside hostel, where you’ll also enjoy your breakfasts, overlooking the waters of Windermere and the mountains beyond.
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.
Breakfast and lunch is included. You are free to chose your own evening meal, either at the hostel or from the many eateries in Ambleside, although we do book a local restaurant if you would like to eat as a group.
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.
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 please contact us to discuss your relevant swimming experience, thanks.
Group Size: min – max: 8 – 15
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
For more information such as kit suggestions, fitness levels please read our Swim Trips FAQ’S here.
Pete & Andrea