Diving into Windermere17 Lakes, 4 Days, 1 Lake District

A new challenge launched by Ambleside-based swim company Head to the Hills offers the chance for adventurers to swim in all of the English Lakes over 4 days.

The Great Lake District Swim Challenge is set to establish the Lake District as the UK adventure capital for outdoor swimmers.


The Challenge is split into two halves, east and west Lake District, and each is a non-stop action packed trip where the swimmers will have to cross a width, sometimes twice,  of each of the swim-able Lakes in the allotted time before moving onto the next venue by chartered mini-bus.

One of the organisers, Andrea Kelly, said: “The Lake District attracts thousands of swimmers each year to organised events, but this new challenge aims to capture the imagination and adventurous spirit of swimmers."

“The great Lake District swim challenge will allow us to really showcase the beauty - and the beast - of the Lake District with its clear waters and soaring mountains.”

The two weekends are 8th – 9th August and 5th – 6th September 2015 and accommodation is included in the challenge.


Groups are small as Head to the Hills are keen to protect the environment of the Lake District so they advise to book early by visiting www.headtothehills.co.uk or ringing 015394 33826.

Great Lake District Swim Challenge Statistics:

Swim Total: 16.1km

Longest v Shortest Swim: 2000 metres v 500 metres

Lakes: 17

Journey Miles: 214

Further Information

Great Lake District Swim Challenge West

Great Lake District Swim Challenge East


diving into Windermere

Early Start At Windermere. Photo credit: Head to the Hills/ MovieIt.