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Swimming in Ullswater
Another Place, The Lake
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Swimming in Ullswater

Borrow a wetsuit and float from the Sheep Shed and swim from our jetty along our shoreline. Or, head further into the lake with these suggested swims.

Ullswater open water swim sessions

Experience swimming in the lake during the winter. Colin Hill, who has competed in six Winter/ Ice Swimming World Championships, will be your guide and in the water with you. Approximately 15 – 30 mins in the water. Wetsuits are provided and this is open to beginner and experienced swimmers. The session will take place in the bay in front of the hotel. It include acclimatisation to cold water and top tips for cold water swimming. Wetsuits, wetsuit gloves, boots and hats are available. £35pp.

Where to swim

Kailpot Crag

Characterised by ancient, gnarly foliage, Kailpot Crag has a small cliff for diving into deep water and a small shingle beach. It’s westerly aspect means you can enjoy the sunset while swimming.  Take the ferry to Howtown pier and follow the lake path a mile south-west.

Two friends high five after a wild swim in Ullswater
Splashing around in Ullswater in the Lake District

Sandwick

Swimming along the lake shore from Sandwick towards Howtown you will see woods, cliffs and rocky beaches.  About half a mile on, two buoys mark a beach where you can exit the water and return to the footpath. To find your starting point, park in Sandwick hamlet and follow the path to the right signposted towards Howtown. You will come across a couple of beaches that allow you to enter the water.

Cinemagraph of 2 men swimming in Ullswater

Depth and water temperature

Summer: 11 degrees Celsius minimum
Winter: 3-4 degrees Celsius minimum
Depth: maximum of 63 metres

For wild swimmers new to large expanses of water, it is recommended that you swim close to the shore so you are able to put your feet down.  For experienced swimmers, it is possible to swim from shore to shore of the 0.75m wide lake, but be aware the deeper waters are colder.

Essential guidelines to ensure you swim safely.

The SwimSafe Code

Another Place supports the Lake District National Park’s SwimSafe campaign – a code to follow that aims to keep you safe whilst swimming.

Be Seen, have support

Be seen by boats.

  • Wear a bright swim cap and tow a bright float
  • Never swim alone
  • For swimming away from the shore, have a safety boat or canoe support displaying a white and blue Alpha flag

Be Water wise

Exposure to cool water can rapidly lead to hypothermia

  • Wear a wetsuit to keep you warm and buoyant
  • Enter the water slowly to aclimatise
  • Check the depth and the water bed by walking in carefully
  • Don’t jump in

Be Informed

Ullswater is busy with boats. People on boats may struggle to see swimmers. A collision with any boat can be fatal.

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Be Mindful

  • Avoid mooring areas, marinas and jetties used by boats, ferry routes and boating channels.
  • Be aware boaters may be in any area of the lake at any time of the day or night.
  • Only swim when weather conditions are suitable – remember conditions can change quickly so do check the forecast.
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