The Lake District is England’s largest national park and a world-class swimming destination, the Great Lake District Swim Challenge West is to swim all the swim-able Lakes in the Lake District. This trip covers the western Lake District and it’s seven Lakes or meres in 2 days.
The challenge in this non-stop action packed 2 day trip is to swim across all 7 of the western Lakes and to journey between them via the spectacular geography of the Lake District National Park as our Lakes are nestled in the valley’s between huge mountain ranges which we have to negotiate around. This ensures the views from the swim bus are as breath-taking as the swims themselves.
Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for confident outdoor swimmers, who are comfortable in open water (Lakes or Sea), have swum at least 2 miles in one session and can swim one mile in 50mins or less. Requires moderate fitness. Involves some walking.
Swim Challenge West Itinerary:
See the Itinerary / Accommodation/ Info tabs on the left for more information. A complete trip itinerary will be emailed after booking.
Swim Challenge West What’ s Included:
- Qualified & experienced swimming guides and mountain leader
- Private luxury swim-bus travel between swims
- Kayak safety cover & floats where appropriate
- A bright Swim the Lakes swim cap
- 2 nights accommodation
- All meals are included.
- Parking at the accommodation is free subject to availability. Extra parking is available for a charge.
Swim Challenge West Customer Testimonials:
This was without doubt the best swim I’ve done this year! Thank you Andrea and Pete for an amazing adventure. Steve.
West lakes was an amazing experience last year. Looking forward to East lakes in August! Michelle
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Complete the challenge with The Great Lake District Swim Challenge EAST
On day one you have time to decompress before we meet at 4pm at Keswick YHA for introductions, a quick swim, full briefing and group introductions.
Its an early start on day two as we have a lot to fit in, we jump aboard our accompanying swim bus for the start of our epic journey. We will swim two widths of each of the Lakes Wast water, Ennerdale, Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere passing classic mountain ranges such as Black Combe, Scafell and the Derwent Fells.
We’ll have chance to catch our breath, a hot drink and snack from our swim bus and a power lunch along the way. We head back to our welcome rest in Keswick via the infamous Newlands valley one of the classic Lake District Passes. Back at base it’s tea, dinner, wine and bed, but not necessarily in that order!
Day three morning sees us jump back in the swim bus and head over to the west shore of Derwent Water, were you’ll swim back. Then we conquer the open expanse of Bassenthwaite Lake with stops for tea and sustenance along the way.
We swim through our itinerary swiftly moving from one Lake to the next and swimming across each in turn. It involves some walking into access and exit points. Our finale is on the shores of Thirlmere with well earned tea and cake. Sadly swimming is not possible in Thilrmere.
Great Lake District Swim Challenge WEST Statistics:-
Swim Total: 11km (approx)
Longest v Shortest Swim: 2000m v 1000m
Journey Miles: 108
Lake District Passes: Newlands Hause (at 333m its our highest point)
Comfortable Accommodation at Keswick YHA
This is an inclusive trip, so once you have arrived you can focus on your challenge 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.
Keswick YHA is on the edge of Keswick, overlooking the River Greta and Fitz Park its close to Latrigg and Skiddaw. Its less than four minutes’ walk to town centre and less than ten minutes’ walk to the Lake. With hot showers and drying facilities you are sorted for a fantastic swimming adventure.
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 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 at least 10 weeks before your trip start date. As we do not send reminders we advised 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 an automated confirmation email 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