Try outdoor swimming with Swim the Lakes in Ambleside right at the heart of the Lake District, one of the best locations in Britain for wild swimming.
We have so many accessible rivers, lakes and tarns in the Lake District that we are really spoilt for choice.
Come and try it out for yourself and get shown the ropes by our local wild swim guides who will share their experience and expertise with you, and look after you in the water.
We meet at Waterhead, Ambleside for a briefing and to get kitted out with wetsuits (wetsuit hire is included), and then take the short walk to our wild swimming venue near the shores of Windermere.
Swim Ability & Fitness Level:
This Wild Swimming Taster Session is perfect for people who can swim, but want to swim in the wild. The emphasis of this session is feeling comfortable in the water, and approaching outdoor swimming safely and responsibly whilst exploring and enjoying the natural environment. You do need to be a competent swimmer who can swim 500m in a pool (20 lengths of a 25m pool), front-crawl or breaststroke.
Taster Session Brief Itinerary:
With a 9.00am start we meet at Waerhead, Ambleside for a briefing and to get kitted out with wetsuits (wetsuit hire is included), and then take the short walk to our wild swimming venue near the shores of Windermere. 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.
Please see Essential info & FAQ tabs on left for more information on parking, what to bring and more.
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
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?
You do not need to be super fit or fast, but you do need to be a confident swimmer who can swim at least 500m 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 1000 – 1200m.
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.
Can I hire a wetsuit?
No need for this course, wetsuit hire is included.
We have sizes from XS to XL men’s and UK6 – UK20 ladies, please ring us if you are concerned about sizes.
How cold will the water be?
The lakes vary in temperature between 14-18 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions.
Wetsuits: Swims are in wetsuits for this wild swim.
Wetsuit Hire: Wetsuit hire is just £6 you can pay upon arrival or in advance via this link to wetsuit hire.
We have sizes from XS to XL men’s and UK6 – UK20 ladies, please ring us to discuss your hire if you are concerned about sizes.
What to bring: Swimming costume or trunks (we recommend having this on already underneath your clothes for ease.), swim cap, clear goggles (if you have them), big towel, warm clothes for changing back into after your swim, appropriate clothing for the weather, bag to carry your things to the shore.
Group Size: min – max: 3 – 15
Parking: Use any of the car parks in Ambleside, they are all within easy walking distance of Swim the Lakes on Compton Rd. 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, 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