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The Wastwater Deep Clean

From: £379.00

(11 customer reviews)

“Is this the lake, the cradle of the storms, where silence never tames the mountain-roar,” John Wilson.

You couldn’t find a more dramatic place to swim than Wastwater. The capricious mountain weather constantly readjusting the mood of the place against the slate screes of Illgill Head and the formidable mountain backdrop of Wasdale – the birthplace of British rock climbing and home to the best lake in England. Challenging and adventurous swimming in deep and clear water with your favourite team of experienced swim guides.

Wastwater Deep Clean Date: Fri 4 – Sun 6 September 2020

Cost: £379

Includes: Qualified guides & safety,  all meals, accommodation, swim cap.

Swim Ability & Fitness: For confident swimmers who can comfortably swim at least 8 kilometres in open water. Moderate walking fitness.

Trip Duration: 2.5 days

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Trip Description

The Wastwater Deep Clean Swim: Wasdale is one of our favourite places in the Lake District and has a fascinating local heritage as well as an important historical link to British mountaineering. Mountain lovers will feel right at home here and with great mountains comes great opportunities to swim too. The valley is littered with glittering tarns and hidden dubs with Wastwater, the deepest lake in England as the jewel in the crown, yet very few swimmers have discovered this area. Even the drive there is an adventure… you have been warned;)

This adventure swim takes in the 10km circumference of Wastwater, our deepest lake, as well as some wonderful tarn swims the following day. All swimming is dependent on weather conditions on the day but we guarantee that we will maximise your time in the water and make it a trip to remember.

Swimming here is a very special experience and the water is so clear that the visibility is 20m+ and is of exceptional quality, even for the Lake District, and the mountain weather can spice things up nicely – anything can happen. You can have glassy calm swimming-heaven one moment with the surrounding fells reflected perfectly on a mirrored surface, and the next it could be like swimming in a washing machine!

Whatever the conditions you will be in safe hands with the experienced Swim the Lakes Crew operating in their natural habitat.

Wasdale Deep Clean Swim Ability & Fitness Level:

The Wasdale Deep Clean Swim is suitable for experienced and confident open water swimmers who can comfortably swim  at-least 8km or more in open water. Moderate all-round fitness level necessary, and the tarn swimming journey involves moderate-hard hill walking over typical Lake District terrain. A full itinerary will be sent to you upon booking.

Wasdale Deep Clean Swim, what’s included:

  • Qualified & experienced swimming guides and mountain leaders will accompany you on our swims and the walks.
  • A bright Swim the Lakes swim cap.
  • Comfortable hostel style accommodation, drying room, bar and games room.
  • All meals included: 2 course dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday and hearty breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Tea & coffee are available throughout the day from the kitchen.
  • In-water drinks and cake (of course!).
  • Parking at the accommodation is free.

See the Itinerary, Accommodation & Reviews tabs on the left for more information.


Written on the banks of Wastwater, During a calm

Is this the lake, the cradle of the storms,  Where silence never tames the mountain-roar,  Where poets fear their self-created forms,  Or, sunk in trance severe, their God adore? 

Is this the lake, for ever dark and loud  With wave and tempest, cataract and cloud?  Wondrous, O Nature! is thy sovereign power,  That gives to horror hours of peaceful mirth;  For here might beauty build her summer-bower! 

Lo! where yon rainbow spans the smiling earth,  And, clothed in glory, through a silent shower  The mighty Sun comes forth, a godlike birth;  While, ‘neath his loving eye, the gentle Lake  Lies like a sleeping child too blest to wake!  John Wilson


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11 reviews for The Wastwater Deep Clean

  1. Kate Eyles

    BLOOMING AMAZING!!!!! Sums this weekend up well I reckon. I was apprehensive booking as a single. I need not have been. This group of inspirational people from all over the UK seemed to bond straight away. I have never felt such a love for swimming amongst such a group of individuals . It was wonderful to be a part of such a weekend. We started with an acclimatisation swim and the water felt fabulous. Facilities and food at the YHA was fantastic and encouraged the team theme ! I had the best swim of my life in Wastwater on Saturday. It was a massive challenge and I am quite sure without the support of everyone I would not have done it.
        We enjoyed some great hiking, hardly noticed that everything ached as the views were so rewarding! The team were not deterred by the less clement weather on Sunday as everyone stripped down to skinz or wetsuits.
        I feel very privileged to have been part of this event and really cannot thank our leaders, Pete, Tors and Steve for organising this event so well. I felt completely safe yet comfortably challenged!! You also are the provider of the best cake and hot chocolate I have ever tasted.
    Thanks so much to you all

  2. Alison Johnston

    Thanks again for the great swimming over the weekend, thoroughly enjoyable and really pleased I finally managed a 10km swim without a current to assist! And in such beautiful surroundings.
    Loved the bouncy tarn and the ullswater adventure too.
    Hope all continues to go well for the rest of the season, thanks again, and look forward to swimming with Swim Lakes soon!


  3. Susanna Riviere

    It was a really enjoyable weekend and I very much appreciated the opportunity swim without a wet suit in the Tarns.

    It was great to be back in the Lakes, see you again soon. Sx

    Susanna Riviere

  4. Heather Massey

    Thank you once again for a great weekend and a wonderful experience. We had a fantastic time from start to finish. It was privilege to be part of a great trip and I hope what is left of the season is as successful for you. It was great to visit Wastwater and find out why you guys enjoy that part of the world so much. I can see why, it was stunning.

    Please pass on our thanks to Steve and Tors, they were great fun and so helpful.

  5. Trish Ellam-speed

    Thank you for an enjoyable and inspiring weekend. I had such fun swimming round Wastwater Lake, it is mesmerising with it’s scenery. The whole group was friendly and extremely positive, which makes it more enjoyable for all.
    Wishing you a successful rest of the season.

    Trish Ellam-speed

  6. Swim the Lakes

    Hi Pete,
    Thanks for a fabulous weekend. We were all saying on the journey home what a fantastic weekend it was. The perfect mix of challenging and relaxing fun. And the other people in the group and group leaders were really great company. Say a big thanks to Tors.
    Best wishes,

  7. Swim the Lakes

    Dear Pete, Corinne and I are In The train back to London. Still enjoying our adventure. Thanks for the great weekend! Loved the combination of small hikes and swims. I will be back 🙂
    Greetings Tine and Corinne

  8. Swim the Lakes

    Dear Pete
    Arrived home very tired and exhilarated. Wonderful weekend, achieved what I wanted.
    Great group of swimmers, sociable, friendly, and of course good at swimming!
    Thank you to your wonderful support staff, so easy to talk with, helpful, encouraging, and now and again assertive; “you need to………”Just what I needed. I would love to swim with you again next year, please send me a calendar of events as soon as you know what is happening.
    I will strongly recommend you to my friends.

    very best wishes

  9. Swim the Lakes

    Thanks again Pete for a brilliant time today!!!! I’ll be looking out for next year’s swimming days and weekends going online and will guarantee to see you before too long.
    Love and best wishes to you and all the family!!!! 🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊

    H x

  10. Swim the Lakes

    Honestly one of the best adventures I have ever been on! I have done 2 weekend trips (Windermere and Wast Water) and there is absolutely no way that I will not be doing a third asap! The trips are professionally run by a very experienced and friendly team and I have felt looked after throughout. Keep up the amazing work!!

  11. Swim the Lakes

    Hi Pete,
    I just wanted to say a massive thank-you for the Wastwater Deep Clean trip last weekend, I absolutely loved it!! I had such a fab time. I was really impressed with how organised everything was – even down to the porridge and honey (for which I was very grateful) and it was obvious how much hard work had gone into making sure everything ran smoothly. And what a great team – you, Kat, Jaqui and Tors were all brilliant, so friendly and knowledgeable and helpful. I loved how you ate with us and swam with us and just joined in.
    Basically I just loved it all from start to finish, and I will definitely be coming on some of your other trips in the future 🙂 Have already been looking for next year… Thank you so much!

    See you again, Linda

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Our swim adventure begins on the the afternoon of day one with informal introductions, full briefing, a quick change and a fabulous acclimatisation swim in Wastwater. 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 we get stuck into Wastwater proper. We plan to swim the whole shore of Wastwater (weather permitting), a round trip of 10km. This is a big swim in one of the most dramatic swimming venues in Britain fully supported by our friendly swim guides.

On day three we make the most of the tarn swimming opportunities that Wasdale has to offer, enjoying some classic Lake District walking and of course lakeside/tarnside tea and cake along the way while we admire the views.

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 the excellent Wasdale Head Inn up the road if you fancy something stronger!

Brief Itinerary

Fri PM – Acclimatisation Swim in Wastwater

Sat AM – Wastwater 5-10km swim

Sat PM – Hill Walking & Tarn Swimming


Sun AM – Hill walking (6km) and Burnmoor Tarn Swim (Approx 1.5km)


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 Wasdale Hall 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 Wastwater Deep Clean swimming adventure, with hot showers, drying rooms, canteen, bar and subterranean games room!

Wasdale Hall

Wasdale Hall

Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits for this trip, please mention at the time of booking if you’d like to hire one. Temperatures can vary between 12-16 degrees in Wastwater at this time of year so it can be on the chilly side.
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: 10 – 16

Deposit: If you are paying a deposit please remember your outstanding balance must be with us 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
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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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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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