This is an Introduction session to Wild Swimming. It starts at the beautiful Fell Foot Park at the bottom of Windermere and involves a swim down from the lake towards the river Kent. Previous swimmers who have taken a guided swim are always amazed at the scenery and wildlife. If you are really lucky, you might also see the old steam train pass through the trees at the side of the lake on it journey to Lakeside – quite an impressive sight!
This is an Introduction session to Wild Swimming in the Lake District. It starts at the beautiful Fell Foot Park at the bottom of Windermere and involves a swim down the lake towards the river Kent. Previous swimmers who have taken a guided swim are always amazed at the scenery and wildlife. If you are really lucky, you might also see the old steam train pass through the trees at the side of the lake on it journey to Lakeside - quite an impressive sight!
Our plan for the day after a quick introduction & briefing and of course a hot drink, is to walk to our Wild Swim spot in the meadow at Fell Foot park (about a 7 min walk from the Gazebo). You will require a pair of comfortable shoes you can walk in trainers or similar – it is mostly grass & flat. Also a rucksack will be helpful to carry your swim equipment in, wetsuit, towels etc & clothes to put in whilst swim.
Once at our Wild Swim spot, we will get suited & booted in our wetsuits. Once everyone is ready, we will enter the water & acclimatise to the temperature before embarking on our beautiful swim adventure. I am hoping we will see the steam train,as it passes and for our last wild swim session, we even saw 10 ducklings and some swans. We will certainly take in some incredible views & we might even see some other wildlife.
We will be looking to cover in the region of 800 - 1000m over the morning. There will also be an option for some swimmers to do less distance than this and enjoy more of a localised swim if they wish to.
Standard: Beginner to intermediate (breastroke swimmers are fine) - need to be able to swim 800m in a pool.
We have just 12 places on the August session. Wetsuit hire (sorry only limited sizes) & use of tow floats included (please feel free to bring your own if have one) within the cost if needed, free swim cap included too.
The water is now a balmy 18 degrees so if stays at this temperature, swimmers will have the option of swimming in a costume if they are confident, but will need a tow float. If the water drops to below 16 degrees then wetsuits will be required.
It is a 2hr 30 min session run at Fell Foot Park, Windermere lake. (these are one off sessions not a course)
Session run: 09.30- 12.00 (approx. finish time)
Standard: Beginner to intermediate (breaststroke swimmers are welcome). We have 12 places on the August course. Wetsuit hire (sorry limited sizes) & use of tow floats included within the cost if needed, free swim cap included too. For the June course wetsuits are required as the water is still below 16 degrees. Hopefully by the July course, the water should have warmed up to 17/18 degrees (has been known at 21 degree Celsius :-) & swimmers are welcome to swim in a swimming costume.
Bespoke Open Water Sessions
This event offers the option to purchase upgraded refundable terms, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.