Swim the best spots in the Lakes

Cumbria, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Tim

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

I live in the South Lakes, closest to some of Britain's best wild swimming spots, where we'll meet on the day for a trip into the Lakes for a wild swimming adventure! We'll discuss your preferences beforehand. Would you prefer swimming in larger lakes that are easier to get to, or exploring remote tarns that require some hiking to get to beforehand? On meeting we'll drive, no more than 30 mins, to our spot. Some swimming venues may require some hiking, we'll discuss this beforehand. We'll then enjoy some walking and wild swimming in the fantastic Lake District.
Other things to note
Swimming in the Lake District during most of the year, unless the height of summer, can be a cold but beautiful experience! Please ensure you're physically fit, dressed warm and keen for adventure!
I live in the South Lakes, closest to some of Britain's best wild swimming spots, where we'll meet on the day for a trip into the Lakes for a wild swimming adventure! We'll discuss your preferences beforehand. Would you prefer swimming in larger lakes that are easier to get to, or exploring remote tarns that require some hiking to get to beforehand? On meeting we'll drive, no more than 30 mins, to our spot. Some swimming venues may require some…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Warm up refreshments after the swim: Feel free to send your preferences and...
  • Equipment
    Swimming gear: Swimming bag and head cap to ensure you're safe whilst swimm...

Meet your host, Tim

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 11 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm a passionate wild swimmer who's keen to share my interest in swimming in the Lakes. Over the last few years I've swam all the large bodies of water in the Lake District and 200 of the smaller tarns. I've spent time exploring the clearest, warmest and nicest swimming spots in the Lakes, all with stunning mountainous scenery.
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From £37
/ person
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Where you'll be

I have a few favourites that I like to take people to including Allan Tarn, Beacon Tarn and Devoke Water. I also love High Dam on a summers evening and not forgetting the great Coniston, Wasdale & Windermere! The time is yours and dependent on how far you'd like to swim and how much you're prepared to hike!

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Michael
September 2020
Tim was very knowledgeable about the area and the experience was amazing! after a short hike Tim bought us to a beautiful Tarn and it was a magical experience for my wife and I.
Deidre
August 2020
Tim was a fantastic guide and a really nice guy. We went swimming in a hidden tarn, and it was absolutely magical. Clean water, beautiful views... would never have found it on our own. The walk up there was challenging, but we were fortunate to be the only people signed up on the day, and Tim was super-patient about letting us go at our own pace. I didn't realise how hard it would be to walk that far uphill (my phone said the equivalent of 35 stories) after being pretty sedentary during the coronavirus crisis. I would recommend bringing a walking stick on this experience.
Tim was a fantastic guide and a really nice guy. We went swimming in a hidden tarn, and it was absolutely magical. Clean water, beautiful views... would never have found it on our…
Matthew
January 2020
Really enjoyed the mini hike and dip. Tim was great, is super experienced (I don't think there are many people that can say that have swam over 200 of the lake and tarns in the Lakes!) and would definitely recommend.
Maria
September 2019
Was great to meet Tim who was super knowledgable about the area and all the best swim spots. We hiked up to a beautiful tarn that we would never have found alone and had a magical swim in amazing fresh, clean water. Followed by a hot drink and a chat in the sunshine. He gave us lots of tips about swimming in the area and where to eat etc. He’s a great host and we had a lovely afternoon!
Was great to meet Tim who was super knowledgable about the area and all the best swim spots. We hiked up to a beautiful tarn that we would never have found alone and had a magical…
Lisa
September 2019
Lovely chap, knows his stuff and he has given us the knowledge and confidence to go out and do it on our own and how to stay safe. Bringing his dog Elvis was an added bonus. Couldn't have chosen a better day to do it as the sun was shining.
Ellie
August 2019
Wonderful trip, Tim took us to a remote tarn we would not have been able to find otherwise and that would not be accessible by car alone. Found lots of interesting wildlife on the walk along the way which is not common in other parts of the country. We were able to get in reasonably without wetsuits but you may prefer to! Brought along hot drinks. Tim is very experienced in swimming this area and a very friendly/welcoming host.
Wonderful trip, Tim took us to a remote tarn we would not have been able to find otherwise and that would not be accessible by car alone. Found lots of interesting wildlife on the…

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Towel

Warm clothes