Step off the river bank into a perfect river pool and float downstream among the rushes on this tranquil stretch of river and emerge into the lake to explore the islands ahead. We run this swim in small groups so that we can fully appreciate the Wild Swimming experience… Don’t worry about speed or style just soak up your environment, both above and below the water.
Your guides are all experienced open water swimmers and qualified lifeguards, keen to share their extensive knowledge of the local area give swimming tips to enhance your outdoor swimming experience.
Swim Ability & Fitness Level: The Poet’s Punt is perfect for beginners & intermediate outdoor swimmers. For this wild swim journey the emphasis is on exploring and enjoying the environment, but you do need to be a competent swimmer who can swim 1,000m in a pool, front-crawl or breaststroke.
Brief Itinerary: We meet at 08.45 at our Lake venue near Ambleside, Lake District. Full details will be emailed after booking. Non- swimming friends are welcome to explore the shore paths and trails around this beautiful area while we take our swim.
Wetsuit Hire is available here
Essential Information and FAQ:
Please see the FAQ and Essential Information tabs to the left for more information.
Just a quick note to say thank you for the wild swim. I really appreciate the amount of time and patience you took with us. We both came away from the trip with real sense of achievement. Thank you. Esther
More swimmer testimonials here
Any Queries? We are happy to help, see our Swim Trips FAQ page or call 015394 33826
How fit do I need to be for the Wild Swim?
No need to be super fit, but you do need to be a confident swimmer who can swim at least 1000m in a pool in one session.
How far will we swim and walk?
Its a short 5min walk to our get in point, the swim is 1200 – 1500m.
Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes, please arrange hire in advance or at the time of booking if possible. Wetsuit hire can be purchased for £6 using this link Wetsuit hire here or give us a call on 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 outdoor clothing and footwear.
How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit?
The lakes vary in temperature between 15-20 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions. We have swimming wetsuits to hire for a small fee, please mention this at time of booking. If you want 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.
Wetsuit Hire: Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here
If you’d like to swim without a wetsuit please contact us to discuss your relevant swimming experience & acclimatisation, thanks.
What to bring: Swimming costume or trunks (we recommend having this on already underneath your clothes for ease.), swim cap, goggles (preferably clear), big towel, warm clothes for changing back into after your swim, appropriate clothing for the weather.
Group Size: min – max: 3 – 15
Parking: Directions for parking and meeting will be emailed after booking. Parking fees are not included in the cost.
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 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