Discover the delights of wild swimming in the Lakes...
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Enchanted emerald pools on mountain streams, languid rivers and of course, lake after lake – it’s no wonder then that the Lake District is a veritable hamper of wild swimming delights.
For this weekend you gain a whole new perspective on this beautiful area by plunging into the watery stuff and mastering wild swimming techniques that will see you chomping at the bit to explore more of the Lakes’ waterways.
The weekend is fully supported with expert guides, transport, and even hot soup at lunch. Together with other like-minded souls, you’ll soon see why wild swimming surrounded by the serene landscape of the Lakes is a grand way of pressing the ‘off’ button on normal hectic life.
In a nutshell:
- Gloat in the knowledge that you’ve honed your wild swimming skills.
- Float on your back after a swim session just so you can revel once more in the beauty of the surroundings.
- Note how much more relaxed you become as the combo of nature, swimming & good fun work their magic.
- Vote to have an extra slice of cake simply because you’ve burned the calories.
Lake District Wild Swim Weekend Dates:
- Friday 24th – Sunday 26th July 2020
You’re welcome to arrive at our accommodation from 5pm. Your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and get you settled in, no doubt offering a cup of tea in the process.
As your fellow wild swimming companions continue to arrive there will soon be a hum of chatter which all helps build up an appetite. In response we serve a hearty dinner at 8pm and then discuss the plans for the weekend.
After breakfast we’ll head down to the nearby lake for an introductory session. Here our expert guides will have you practicing the techniques – from breathing efficiently through to sighting – and following safe swimming practices that will enable you to soon enjoy the freedom of gliding through water in some of nature’s greatest beauty spots.
After a few hours we’ll break for lunch (we ensure we provide enough grub and hot soup if it’s a tad chilly after being in the water) and find a warm spot as we go through the options for the afternoon.
It could be we scamper up a trail until we come to one of those tarns that is so lovely you have to pinch yourself that it’s real. Alternatively we might discover a plunging-in point where there’s a waterfall cascading into a pool along a mountain stream. Wherever we end up, it will tick the boxes for being beautiful, serene and wild!
After all the activity we return to our base to allow enough time to warm up, relax with some hot drinks and relive the adventures before heading out to dinner at a local pub or restaurant to make the most of the Lake District’s great hospitality.
After breakfast we pack up and leave our base. This morning we’ll be heading out for another swimming adventure which will follow our tick box list (as for the day before).
Where we decide will depend on the weather and water levels and what looks fun in our instructors’ eyes!
However just as a bit of a teaser, it could be a dive into the delights of Derwentwater; languishing in Loughrigg Tarn or an utterly lovely dip in Ullswater.
Whatever we choose we aim to finish around lunchtime so that the ravenous can enjoy a final meal together before heading home.
The Lake District National Park
There are 16 lakes in the Lake District (only one, Bassenthwaite Lake, is a lake officially by name as the others are meres or waters).
Add in umpteen rivers, mountain streams, pots, pools and dubs, and you can see why the National Park is becoming wild swimming hotspot.
Good to know:
Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Equipment and Experience:
This is an intro to wild swimming and although we will have support crew and safety craft in place you do need to be a confident swimmer. We will not be going more then 20-30 metres from the shoreline so the bank will always be in easy reach. Due to the water temperature we would strongly suggest you have a wetsuit. Just let us know in advance if you require a wetsuit and we will arrange that for you.
You will need to bring your own swimming costume/suit.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016