The Secret Britain Night Swim – Night swimming with Swim the Lakes
Wild swimming is a joy for the senses and one of our favourite pastimes, but our Secret Britain Night swim is another experience altogether! You get the feeling that anything can happen. 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 night swimming trips give you the opportunity to forget about your speed and stroke. 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…
The Secret Britain Night Swim Itinerary:
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 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: 18:45 to finish by approx. 22:00. We will leave our meeting point at 19:15 sharp – don’t miss the boat!
Essential Information and FAQ:
Please see the FAQ and Essential Information tabs to the left for more information.
NB: Own wetsuits are essential.
“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 outdoor swimmer (in lakes, rivers or sea) and that you are able to swim 1,000m in a lake. Confidence in water is essential.
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 – 1800km, 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 8-15 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions. Wetsuits are mandatory for our night swims.
Can I hire a wetsuit?
We are sorry, but we will not have hire wetsuits available for the Autumn night swims.
I can’t find my swim information email / joining instructions.
All joining instructions are emailed within 48hours of booking, please check your ‘junk’ folder in the first instance. Please add [email protected] to your safe list.
Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits mandatory our night swims.
Wetsuit Hire: No wetsuit hire is available for our autumn night swims. You will need your own wetsuit.
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, warm hat, gloves & warm coat, hot drink and snack, a good battery powered head-torch (with new batteries) 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