The Secret Britain Night Swim with Swim the Lakes
Wild swimming is a joy for the senses and one of our favorite pastimes, but wild swimming at night is another experience altogether! You get the feeling that anything can happen and senses are heightened and the world becomes a quieter, more mysterious place. The bats, the deer, the otters and the swimmers lose their inhibitions and come out to play.
Featured on the BBC Secret Britain Program this is a swim for those of you who like their wild swimming a little bit out of the ordinary. Our moonlit swims give you the opportunity to forget about your speed and technique and instead enjoy swimming for what it really is: a chance to tune into a different frequency, explore, and get closer to the spirit of real wild swimming. If we’re lucky we may even encounter the famous Windermere otters…
We will swim from our top secret location on the North Basin of Windermere, near Ambleside. A swim which we shared during our time spent with Ellie Harrison which was featured on the BBC Secret Britain program. Exact meeting place, venue and itinerary will be confirmed upon booking. We can provide all of the equipment you will need for this swim if you do not have your own.
We finish with a weather dependant campfire to warm you up, along with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and perhaps even a wee dram for the non-drivers.
Start Time: 19:15 to finish by approx 22:00
Wetsuit Hire Available
See the FAQ’s and Essential Information tabs on the left for more information.
“What an amazing experience, less scary and more enjoyable than we could have imagined! Thanks for sharing your knowledge of the area and for looking after us in the water” – Jon & Jane.
Any Queries? We are happy to help, see our Swim Trips FAQ page or call 015394 33826
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How fit do I need to be for the Wild Swim? For this night swim please ensure you are a regular swimmer and that you are able to swim 1,000m in a pool before booking ( 40 lengths in a 25m pool in one session). Confidence in water is essential, though beginners to wild swimming are welcome.
The swim will be moderate paced with an emphasis on enjoying the journey and surroundings. We aim to satisfy the swimming aspirations of all of our guests without any compromise in your safety.
How far will we swim? The walk in is short the swim is 1000km – 2000km, depending on the group.
What will the weather be like? It could be still and clear, 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.
How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit? The Lakes vary in temperature between 11-15 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions. Wetsuits are mandatory for our night swims.
Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes please hire at the time of booking if possible. Wetsuit need to be booked in advance. Wetsuit hire here
Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits for this trip.
If you’d like to swim without a wetsuit please contact us to discuss your relevant swimming experience before booking, thanks.
Wetsuit Hire: Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible and at least 72hrs before your trip. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here
Group Size: min – max: 5 – 20
What to bring: swim costume, clear goggles, wetsuit, swim cap, big towel (preferably a changing robe), plenty of warm layers inc warm socks, hat, gloves & coat, hot drink and snack, a good battery powered head-torch and or lantern (or both!).
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.
Terms & Condition’s:
By booking you are agreeing to our booking terms and conditions here
All participants must be 16 years or over, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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