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Utterly Buttermere Adventure Swim

///Utterly Buttermere Adventure Swim

Utterly Buttermere Adventure Swim

From: £349.00

(13 customer reviews)

The Utterly Buttermere Adventure Swim is set in one of the most inspirational swimming locations in the world, the Buttermere Valley in the un-spoilt western Lake District. Two crystal clear lakes, sparkling waterfalls, classic swims plus fully catered comfortable accommodation wait for you at the heart of a very special Lakeland Village. The Utterly Buttermere Adventure Swim break is an absolute must for your wild swimming calendar.

Dates: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July 2019

Cost: £349.00

Includes: Fully inclusive meals & accommodation, qualified guides & safety team, swim cap and our signature hot chocolate and cake.

Swim Ability & Fitness: For confident swimmers who can comfortably swim at least 2 miles in open water. Moderate walking fitness.

Trip Duration: 2.5 days

Click 12th July on the calendar to book  – Choose deposit (£100) or full cost for the swim. 

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Trip Description

Set amongst one of the most inspirational swimming locations in the world, the Utterly Buttermere Adventure Swim in the un-spoilt western Lake District is a must. We often get asked where our favourite place to swim is. Well, the secret is out, the Buttermere Valley is right at the top of the list! As well as the amazing views of the surrounding crags and fells, there is the amazing water clarity which reflects the green-blue tint of the slate and makes every swim a special experience.

Each day will be arranged according to the weather and group aspirations, but we guarantee that it will be a lot of fun and packed with swimming opportunities, with just the right amount of challenge for you. Our aim is to give you the option to swim or relax as much as you’d like.

Although you can swim upto 5km per day this is not a race, we know you are on holiday and allow for plenty of breaks and in-water refreshment stops.

Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for confident swimmers who can comfortably swim at least 2 miles in open water (sea or lakes). Moderate fitness level necessary as we swim up to 5km each day, and the journey involves moderate hill walking over typical Lake District terrain.


What’ s Included in the Utterly Buttermere Adventure Swim:

  • Qualified & experienced swimming guides and mountain leaders will accompany you on our swims and the walks.
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • All meals including 2-course dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, a packed lunch and hearty breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Tea & coffee are available throughout the day from the kitchen.
  • ‘In-water’ drinks and cake
  • A bright Swim the Lakes swim cap
  • Parking at the accommodation is free & subject to availability, with more parking close by.

Utterly Buttermere Itinerary:

Please see the ‘Itinerary’ & ‘Accommodation’ tabs on the left for more information.
A full trip itinerary will be emailed after booking.

Customer Testimonials: Find out what our customers think of our Adventure swimming holiday breaks

This was without doubt the best swim I’ve done this year! Thank you Andrea and Pete for an amazing adventure
It was a perfect weekend

Any Queries? We are happy to help. Please ring 015394 33826

13 reviews for Utterly Buttermere Adventure Swim

  1. Keith Midgely

    It was a perfect weekend, a little rain while we were swimming on Saturday, just to make it more interesting – I like swimming in the rain. Mostly sunshine on Sunday.

  2. Anne

    Thank you so much for a great weekend – I was in great need of a dose of the Great Outdoors. A fun bunch of people to swim with and a bunch of nutters to stop us all from drowning – we even got the weather this time too. Big tick all round! Anne

  3. Louise

    Big thanks, to you and Pete, for a hugely challenging but brilliant weekend. It was thanks to all your support and encouragement that the breathless panic in the choppy waves of that first night ended in a euphoric front crawl finish. What a great ending, and the lovely walk back to the YHA was a delight.

    Thanks again for a very special experience. Best wishes, Louise

  4. Stephanie

    We did have an amazing time, swimming even open water hasn’t been the same since! missing the beautiful scenery and clear water.
    Thanks again to Pete, Lianne and Tors- Emma and I hope to book something for next year so we’ll be in touch. Thanks Steph.

  5. Carol Brough

    After having a fantastic time on the Helvellyn Double Dipper last year I decided to come back for even more this year. The Utterly Buttermere weekend was fantastic! A huge thank you to Pete, Tors and Lianne for an epic of swimming in three beautiful different lakes. I’ve never swam so far in one go until now, and this was made truely enjoyable and easy. I will definitely be returning for more swimming adventures next year!! Carol Brough

  6. Helen Cooke

    The Utterly Buttermere weekend was my second swim adventure with Swim the Lakes after doing the Helvellyn Double Dipper last year and once again I enjoyed every minute! Pete, Tors and Lianne were fantastic guides – so much fun and completely understood that people were of different abilities. The group were fab too, everyone was very supportive and made it such a fun weekend. I will definitely be back for another adventure next year! 🙂 Helen Cooke

  7. Kate

    Utterly Buttermere was a fantastic weekend. The swimming was great, the safety cover was fantastic and I had a lovely time. I’m really looking forward to booking my next trip. Kate

  8. Carrie Girffin

    Such a great weekend, missing The Lakes desperately. Thanks for running such a fun and well organised weekend. We’ll see you and hopefully the regulars again next year xx. Carrie Girffin

  9. Jacquie Cooper

    Fabulous weekend. Thank you to everyone. Now looking to the next adventure.

  10. Tina Dullaghan

    Really fun weekend…good challenge and exhilarating experience. Have a whole year to practice! Thanks STL, Tina

  11. Alan Cheung

    What a fantastic weekend with great swims and great company, can’t wait for the next adventure with Pete and the team, thank you for looking after us.

  12. Swim the Lakes

    Once again thank you so much for an absolutely awesome weekend. I was so grateful for the support you and the team gave me. I will be back. Kind Regards Shona

  13. Alison Johnston

    Good morning Pete, Andrea and the team, Just waking up this morning wishing we had another swim in the lakes to look forward to…… was a great swimming programme and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, not least due to the lovely weather, stunning scenery and of course the excellent guided support, encouragement and lots of fun.

    I especially liked the walk into the Crummock Water swim and the challenge of the Buttermere round and the plunge pool!
    Wishing you all another successful season – and thank you for my Puffin Hat! Many thanks again! Ali

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Our swim adventure begins on the the afternoon of day one with informal introductions, full briefing, a quick change and an fabulous acclimatisation swim in Buttermere, followed by a hot shower before dinner is served.

Each day will be arranged according to the weather and group aspirations, but we guarantee that it will be a lot of fun and packed with swimming opportunities, with just the right amount of challenge for you.

Our second day encompasses Western Lake District swimming at it’s finest. Big views and journey swimming along the length of Crummock Water make this day a joy and we throw in a trip to see the highest waterfall in the Lakes just to really spoil you!

On day three we take advantage of the whole of stunning Buttermere right on our doorstep with enough time to enjoy some lakeside or even ‘in lake’ tea and cake and take in the views. If time, we then head to Loweswater for a dip.

Our aim is to give you the option to swim as much as you like so that you can make the most of our Lake District wild swimming venues. If you feel like kicking back and taking a break from the swimming, there are hot drinks at the hostel plus 2 suburb cafes, 2 proper lakeland pubs and great ice cream in the Village.

We’re here to give you a great swimming adventure experience, in a wonderfully relaxed environment, so please… make the most of it.

Brief Itinerary

Fri PM – Acclimatisation Swim in Buttermere

Sat AM – Crummock Water Swim & Waterfall Walk; 3km swim & 2km walk

Sat PM – Final stretch of Crummock and return

Sun AM – Buttermere Swim; up to 5km

Sun PM – Loweswater Swim; up to 1km


Comfortable YHA Accommodation with Full board

This is an inclusive weekend, so once you have arrived you can relax and enjoy the ride. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are all provided.

The YHA Hostel in Buttermere was a Victorian hotel which now manages to blend old school hostel charm with comfortable modern facilities. Accommodation is in small dorm rooms, usually between 3 -5 beds, private to our group members only.

We have all-day access to the hostel and it provides the perfect swim base for our Utterly Buttermere Swim Adventure, with hot showers, drying rooms, restaurant and bar.

Buttermere YHA

    Travelling to Buttermere by Public Transport

The main line trains from London to Glasgow pass through Penrith and from here you could catch the X4/X5 bus to Keswick and then jump onto the Honister Rambler to Buttermere. Please check details and times before booking.

Here is a link which may also prove to be useful.

We are happy to ask other guests if they may be passing Penrith or Kendal rail stations to see if they may offer lifts, guests often do, and at the end of your holiday we have always found that fellow guests are more than happy to offer lifts if they can help.

Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits for this trip, please mention at the time of booking if you’d like to hire one.
If you’d like to swim without a wetsuit please contact us to discuss your relevant non-wetsuit swimming experience, thanks.

Group Size: min – max: 8 – 18

Deposit: If you are paying a deposit please remember your outstanding balance must be with us a minimum of 10 weeks before your trip start date. As we do not send reminders we advise you to put this date in your calendar now. Balances can be paid by ringing us with your card details.See terms & Conditions for more info.

For information on cancellations by us and by you please see our full terms here
See terms & Conditions for more info.

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.

Happy Swimming

Pete & Andrea and the Swim the Lakes Team

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