The Windermere Swim Hike is the perfect trip for adventurous open water swimmers. If you want to take your swimming up a level, it’s time to swim with us and cover a bit of distance! Fast-paced swimming is not the object of this swim, everyone is welcome. Although we will expect you to be a confident, strong swimmer and safety-aware in the water. We will swim in small pods of swimmers of similar ability so that you all get a good swim in at your own pace.
The hike to our swim get-in point is a great way to warm up before our swim and we will get a good view of our swim route along the way to give you a feel for what lies ahead. The walking will be easy-paced, following the well-prepared tracks and trails that lead along the western side of the lake. Arriving at our swim spot, we will get changed, stow our gear in the support boats and go swimming!
Swimming in the North Basin of Windermere can be many things, but it is never boring. The sense of scale whilst swimming in the longest lake in England is ever-present and adds to the experience. Of course, the ever-changing weather we enjoy here in the Lakes only adds to the fun. Along the way, we will pass Green Tuft Island, Bee Holme, Seamew Crag and Gale Naze. Familiar landmarks for our local swim guides who will be keen to tell you everything you need to know about swimming in this area.
The Windermere Swim Hike Itinerary
As always in mountainous areas, our itinerary is dependent on the weather, but we hope to enjoy all that the Windermere Swim Hike has to offer. When you book, we will email you details of the meeting place, venue and itinerary. We can provide all the equipment you will need for this swim with our low-cost hire. Link to Wetsuit and equipment hire.
See the FAQ’s & Essential Info tab on the left for more important information.
How fit do I need to be for the Windermere swim Hike?
For this adventure swim a good level of hiking and swimming fitness is recommended, please ensure that you can walk comfortably over mixed ground for at least 8km (5 miles), and comfortably swim at least 3km IN OPEN WATER. Confidence in the water and the ability to swim effectively is essential; this ability will allow you to enjoy the day rather than endure it.
The swims and walking will be moderate-paced with an emphasis on enjoying the journey and surroundings. We aim to satisfy the swimming aspirations of all our guests without any compromise in your safety.
How far will we swim and hike during The Windermere Swim Hike?
Swimming: Approximately 3.6km
Hiking distance: Approximately 8km
Can I hire a wetsuit for the Windermere Swim hike?
Yes, please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible and at least 48hrs before your trip. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here.
What will the weather be like?
It could be sunny and still, it could be windy or rainy, 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.
What shall I bring?
What to bring:
• Swimwear, cap and goggles.
• Swimming neoprene gloves, socks, and cap if you feel the cold.
• Pack towel or lightweight changing robe.
• Waterproofs, outdoor clothing, spare fleece, warm socks, and boots.
• Warm hat and gloves and/or sunhat, shades, and sunscreen.
• Insect repellent.
• A rucksack large enough to carry your kit in.
• Packed lunch, snacks, and drink
• Flask of hot drink.
• Small waterproof drybag for phone and keys e.g. waterproof phone pouch
• Big smiles and an Open Mind.
How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit?
Wetsuits are necessary, the water temperature in the Lakes varies between 13-16 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions.
If you would like to swim without a wetsuit and are conditioned to swimming in cool water please contact us before you book for advice. If you think you will get cold or you want to optimise your time in the water, bring a wetsuit or a thermal neoprene rash vest.
I don’t have a tow-float, can I borrow one?
Yes, no problem, always bring spares or buy a 28L drybag float here
What shall I do with my phone and keys?
Keys and phone should be kept in a separate waterproof drybag and taken with you. We will stow them safely in the support boat when we begin the swim.
Where do we park?
Details of car parks will be emailed to you upon booking.