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The Secret Britain Night Swim

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(7 customer reviews)

The Secret Britain Night Swim – Wild swimming is a joy for the senses and one of our favourite pastimes, but night swimming 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.


Dates: Friday, 10 September 2021 | Friday, 1 October 2021

Start: 7.15pm

Includes: Qualified guides & safety, hot chocolate, cake, and campfire

Swim Ability & Fitness Level: For competent swimmers who are confident swimming outdoors. This is NOT a swim for first-timers.

To get the most from this night swim please ensure you have open-water swimming experience of at least 1KM.  Swimming distance varies between 1,000m – 2,000m depending on group ability and aspirations.

Duration: Approx 1.5-2.5 hours

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Swim Description

The Secret Britain Night Swim – Night swimming with Swim the Lakes

Wild swimming is a joy for the senses and one of our favorite pastimes, but our Secret Britain Night swim 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 night swimming trips 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…

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: 19:15 to finish by approx 22:00

Essential Information and FAQ:

Please see the FAQ and Essential Information tabs to the left for more information.
NB: Own wetsuits are essential.

Night Swimming





Customer Testimonials:

“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

7 reviews for The Secret Britain Night Swim

  1. Cathy Bryant

    It was a real adventure, scary but exhilarating. Looking forward to swimming with you again next year. Thanks, Cathy.

  2. Barry

    I did the night swim on Friday which was excellent thank you. Amazing experience including the camp fire and refreshment 🙂 Barry

  3. Grace Cochrane

    Hi Pete,
    I had an absolute blast with you guys! I’d always wanted to do a night swim so am happy to have ticked this off my list! Can you send me the photos please…I’d be keen to frame one of the pics if I don’t look too scared and frozen! 🙂 Many thanks. Best wishes, Grace x

  4. Mark

    Dear Pete and Tors.

    Just wanted to thank you both for Friday night and the patience and calmness from Tors, her help was appreciated … Again, thanks for a great night and warm welcome from everyone, will never forget it!

  5. Anthea Tring

    Wow! That was awesome! Loved the wild weather, the blazing fire the hot choccy and lovely “dram” that went with it:) What a team you have Pete, I can’t wait to swim with you guys again. Thanks to all for making the experience so special. Love, Anthea x

  6. Samantha Kelly

    Brilliant night swim tonight – thanks very much xx Samantha Kelly

  7. Keren Walker

    Really enjoyed last night, great adventure!
    The goodies after were very welcome. Look forward to the next swim, maybe the island hopping?
    Thank you again for all your help and encouragement. Best wishes, Keren Walker

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How fit do I need to be for the Wild Swim? For this night swim please ensure you are a regular outdoor swimmer 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 – 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 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.

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, hat, gloves & 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

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