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Wild swimming

Formed by glaciation, Ullswater has excellent water quality, perfect for wild swimming. There’s plenty of it too. Islands and beaches pepper it’s nine mile length, satisfying even the biggest appetites for exploration.

Join a guided swim when you stay with us, or borrow a swim wetsuit and get going at your own pace.

Where to swim

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

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


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.

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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Woman wild swimming in a lake

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.

Guided swims

Through the year we are working with Chill Swim to offer our guests a series of lake and ice swims.


Cross lake swim and open water coaching – 0.75miles

30 May, 5 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July, 17 July & 20 August

Length of the lake swim – 9miles

20 June, 25 June, 2 July, 9 July, 16 July & 20 August


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.

Next Swim Clinic:
26 – 28 June 2018
9 – 11 November 2018

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