Swimming in the Lake District

Swimming in the Lake District

Swimming in the Lake District

With the recent run of good weather heating up the water, there couldn’t be a better time of year to go swimming in the Lake District.

Where to go Swimming in the Lake District

  • Windermere
  • Rydal Water
  • Derwentwater
  • Buttermere
  • Crummock Water

Swimming in Lake Windermere

The Windermere Wild Swim takes place later this month, so swimming in the Lake District couldn’t be a more popular activity. The Windermere Wild Swim is an annual event, this years’ race happening on the 26th August. If however, you’re after something a little less energetic than a 5km distance, you can still dive into Lake Windermere another time.

It’s the longest natural lake in England and the largest body of water in the Lake District. It is also one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Lake District. So while you can expect to find like-minded individuals taking the plunge, it is also the nearest to your boutique spa suite. Not only that but the relatively shallow water makes it suitable for swimming in the Lake District no matter your ability.

Rydal Water

Made famous by the poet William Wordsworth, swimming in Rydal Water is a popular location for those on a romantic break in the Lake District. It’s one of the smaller lakes in the region, with adequate parking facilities nearby. It’s only a short 15-minute drive from Windermere, so ideal for an early morning swim before breakfast.

Crummock Water

If you want to get away from the crowds when swimming in the Lake District, then Crummock Water provides a great alternative. The water is nice and clear, with parking facilities all along the lakeshore. So even if you do come across any other swimmers, just look for a more secluded parking spot and you’ll be fine.


One for the more experienced swimmer. Unlike swimming in Windermere, where you can easily find somewhere to just paddle your feet, Buttermere is aimed at those looking to dive right in. The water tends to get deep rather quickly, so you need to be confident of your abilities. If however, you’re more than capable, then you’re hard work will be rewarded with amazing surroundings. Buttermere itself has often won awards for some of the best views in England, let alone the Lake District.


Wherever you decide to go swimming in the Lake District, the experience will be most memorable. Given the chance to experience the countryside from the water is like no other. Although if you’re on a romantic spa break in the Lake District, Derwenter at sunset is pretty special. Maybe even leave a picnic by the water’s edge, ready to watch the sun go down with your loved one.

Alternatively, if you book into our Windermere Boutique Spa Suite, you can always use the pool at Aphrodites Lodge. Guests receive complimentary use of the facilities, along with their private hot tub, Swedish hot room and much more.

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