The Stickle Tarn Mountain Swim with Swim the Lakes
The Stickle Tarn Mountain swim takes you to a very special place in more ways than one; this is a swim for those who love the mountains as much as they do their wild swimming. With a spectacular walk-in up the scrambles and falls of Stickle Gill and the unmatched backdrop of Pavey Ark, this is a swim that you simply have to do at some point in your life.
Brief Itinerary: We meet in the Great Langdale Valley at car park near the bottom of Stickle Gill, we’ll be hiking up the gill to the tarn above. It is a steep but very rewarding walk-in with superb views of the valley below as well as the surrounding fells.
After our swim of about 1 – 1.5k in this dramatic high tarn we’ll be hopping and skipping back to the valley floor full of endorphin’s and no trip to the Lake District mountains would be complete without a visit to a traditional Lakeland pub so we’ll treat you to a swift half in the local hostelry, all part of the service :).
Exact meeting place, venue and itinerary will be confirmed upon booking.
Please see the FAQ’s and Essential Information tabs to the left of this page for more.
“Swim the Lakes are awesome. Nobody does it better, always a beautiful setting, detailed local knowledge and a fab vibe. If we didn’t have to work we would do this everyday” Jak Sparkie
For answers to your questions please see our Swimming FAQ’s page or call us on 015394 33826.
How fit do I need to be for this Wild Swim?
For this adventure swim please ensure that you are able to swim continuously for at least 1,000m in open water before booking. Confidence in water is essential, though beginners to wild swimming are welcome. There will be approximately 3 hours (group dependant) of challenging walking on steep and uneven tracks and trails to get to our tarn venue.
The swims and walking will be easy-moderate paced despite the challenging nature of the route, 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 and hike?
Swim distances are given here as an indication of our plans for the day, we would encourage you to do as much swimming as you like but there is always an easier option for those who prefer! This swim in the tarn is up to 1.5km long. The walk between lakes includes 3km along rough and steep tracks so please make sure that you come prepared, including the obligatory attire for any Lake District adventure – good quality waterproofs, warm layers and sturdy footwear.
Can I hire a wetsuit?
Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible and at least 24hrs before your trip. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here. You can also ring 015394 33826
What will the weather be like?
It could be sunny and still, 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 clothing and footwear.
How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit?
The high tarns vary in temperature between 8-15 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions. We have swimming wetsuits to hire for a small fee, please hire at the time of booking if possible.
If you would like to swim without a wetsuit and are conditioned to swimming in cool water, please email us summarising your experience of temperatures and length of time in water – thanks.
What will I need to bring?
A full list of what to bring and an itinerary will be emailed to you upon booking, but the list will include basic hillwalking clothing and equipment as well as wetsuit and swimkit. You’ll need a rucksack with warm clothes and full waterproofs as well as sturdy footwear (no flip-flops!).
What are your group sizes?
Our groups sizes range between 5-15 people. Enough fellow swimmers to provide good company without feeling crowded 🙂
Wetsuits: Swims are in full swimming wetsuits for this trip (no shorties).
If you’d like to swim without a wetsuit that is no problem as long as you are acclimatized to these temperatures (8-15 degrees C) and are a regular skins swimmer. Please contact us to discuss your relevant non-wetsuit swimming experience before booking, thanks.
Wetsuit Hire: Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible and at least 24hrs before your trip. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here. You can also ring 015394 33826.
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 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