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Wild swimming in the Lake District

With soaring peaks and serene water, Ullswater is a paradise for wild swimming. Formed by the volcanic upheavals of times gone by – and the glaciation that followed – Ullswater offers excellent water quality, islands to explore, and shores for beach picnics. England’s second largest lake at nine miles in length, Ullswater is widely regarded as the most beautiful of all the lakes. Despite its growing popularity, undiscovered corners remain for wild swimmers of all abilities.

Summer Wild Swimming Classes
18 – 20 August

Would you like to gain confidence swimming in open water? Or perhaps you’re a seasoned triathlete looking to take it to the next level? This summer we have Chillswim founder and recent inductee into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Colin Hill, leading a number of classes from 18 – 20 August.

Course details

Beginners introduction to open water swimming
Cost: Adults £30 | Children under 12 £25 (must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian)
Duration: 45 minutes

All participants must be able to swim 200m confidently.

Cross lake swim
Cost: £40
Duration: 30 – 50 minutes

Must be aged 12 and over.

Triathlon swim coaching
Cost £35
Duration: 45 minutes

All swimming sessions will take place from our private jetty at Another Place, The Lake.

Call to book your lesson today:

01768 486442
[email protected]

Splashing around in Ullswater in the Lake District

Swim lessons are only available to guests.

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Before you jump into the crystal clear water, however, here are the essential guidelines to follow to ensure you can swim freely and have fun 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 while swimming in the Lakes:

Be Seen, have support

Swimmers may be able to see boaters but boaters may not be able to see swimmers!

  • Have a safety boat or canoe support displaying a white and blue Alpha flag
  • Wear a bright swim cap and tow a bright float
  • Never swim alone

Be Water wise

Exposure to cool water can rapidly lead to hypothermia

  • Wear a wetsuit to keep you warmer and more buoyant
  • Enter the water slowly to get used to it
  • Check the depth and the water bed by walking in carefully
  • Don’t jump in

Be Informed

Other people use the lake too! 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.

Undiscovered corners – Kailpot Crag and Sandwick

Ullswater may be one of the most popular lakes in the Lake District due to its awe-inspiring natural beauty, but away from the tourist hotspots there are many undiscovered hidden gems for a peaceful and rewarding wild swim experience. Kailpot Crag, characterised by its ancient, gnarly foliage including rowan trees and wizened oaks, has all the makings of a fantastic swimming spot. The west-facing outcrop has a small cliff for fright-free diving into deep water below and there’s a small shingle beach that’s perfect for drying off. What’s more, Kailpot Crag’s westerly aspect means you can enjoy the sunset while swimming.  The best way to find it is to take the ferry to Howtown pier and follow the lake path a mile south-west.

Sandwick is another largely undiscovered corner of Ullswater that is a great alternative when Howtown is bustling with fishermen and boats. Swimming along the lake shore from Sandwick towards Howtown you will encounter versatile scenery including woods, cliffs and rocky beaches.  About half a mile on, two buoys mark another beach where you can exit the water if you wish and return to the footpath.  To find your starting point, park in Sandwick hamlet and take the path to the right signposted towards Howtown. Along the path you will come across a couple of beaches that you can enter the water from.

Two friends high five after a wild swim in Ullswater
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Depth and water temperature

Summer: minimum of 11 degrees Celsius
Winter: can reach as low as three or four degrees above 0
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 a rest if you begin to tire.  For experienced open water swimmers, it is possible to swim from shore to shore of the 0.75m wide lake (or anywhere you wish), but be aware the deeper waters inevitably lower the water temperature, so it can feel a little chilly at times, even in the middle of summer.

Swim clinic

Perfect your front crawl and learn to swim smoother, further and faster in open water on our two-day swim clinic with fully qualified swim coach, Salim Ahmed from Swim Lab.

22 – 24 September 2017

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Close up of a swimmer in Ullswater
Close up of a swimmer in Ullswater