The Lake District Retreat

Glenridding, Penrith CA11, UK

14 reviews
Nov 2 - 4, 2024
Group size: 1 - 24
The Lake District Retreat
Glenridding, Penrith CA11, UK

14 reviews

Nov 2 - 4, 2024
Group size: 1 - 24

About this trip

The Lake District Retreat | Cumbria

4 - 6 November 2024

'A retreat, in the lakes, lead by local guides'

Join us at Almond Lodge on Hellveyn, with it's modern decor but timeless valley views, log fire and plunge pools.. Meals and table wine included as you come and enjoy the Lakes in all their wintery glory. 


Who are the swim guides? - Mel

Mel is TWSCo's full time swim guide, Mel is a qualified Beach Lifeguard, Open Water Swim Coach and has achieved the National Water Safety Management Programme 

Mel is currently studying towards her Diploma in Cold Water Therapy, as well being a nutritionist, personal trainer and operating a successful Swim School 

Favourite swim- Bossiney Cove, Cornwall

Favourite retreat - Spring in Cornwall 

Favourite cake - Lemon drizzle 

Who are the swim guides? - Rich

Rich is a Beach Lifeguard, Open Water Lifeguard and Open Water Swim Coach and has achieved the National Water Safety Management Programme. Amongst this, Rich also delivers the whole suite of lifeguard and water safety awards for The Royal Lifesaving Society as a National Trainer Assessor.

Rich is also RNLI lifeboat crew and operations manager of Land & Wave, a busy outdoor centre in Dorset.

Favourite swim- Any of Snowdonia's waterfalls

Favourite retreat - The North Wales Swim Retreat

Favourite cake - Carrot Cake

Who are the swim guides? - Ali

Ali is a Beach Lifeguard, Open Water Lifeguard and Open Water Swim Coach and has achieved the National Water Safety Management Programme.

Ali is a TWSCo. favourite, she has plenty of mountain experience and absolutely loves The Lake District!

Favourite swim- Jumping off the jetty into Derwent Water

Favourite retreat - The Lake District Swim Retreat

Favourite cake - Millionaire's Shortbread

What’s included

  • Breakfast
    A hot breakfast such as filled baps or pancakes, alongside homemade granola and fruit
  • Lunch
    A warming lunch included
  • Dinner
    A homemade dinner each night from Chef Mel
  • All swims & activities
    All swims included, plus any additional activities on the itinerary such as hikes and talks.
  • Accommodation
    A good night's sleep
  • Table wine
    A glass of red or white with your evening meal
  • Teas & Coffees
    Hot drinks from the tea room
  • Cake, Cake and more cake
    Cake is vital, homemade cake after every swim, of course

Available Packages

The Dorm space | Our most popular choice
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Share a dormitory room with like minded people, ideal for solo travellers or friends alike. We'll put you all in contact via WhatsApp before the trip so as you can say hello. Inclusive of meals, all swims/ events and table wine. 

Deposit: £50
Four bed bedroom for Four
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Share a larger room for up to four in a double and bunk for £399 each inclusive of meals, all swims/ events and table wine. Larger groups possible with large discounts. Suitable for all who can swim 200m continuously 

Deposit: £50

Available options

TWSCo. Swim Cap

Order a branded TWSCo. swim cap in advance, either sky blue or orange. Collect on retreat


Day 1
The Lakes await

 We meet at our first swim location at 1pm, likely to be a glorious lake in the lee of Helvellyn, England's favourite mountain. This guided swim and swim clinic will give you a chance to improve your stroke, or try a new stroke under the supervision of our qualified and experienced swim coaches. 

Be sure to bring your hot drinks flasks fully charged to accompany homemade cake before we head to the accomodation for rooming. 

Dinner with table wine will be followed by our famous 'Tame the Tides' talk in the lounge. 

Your Organizer

The Wild Swimming Co. Ltd
14 reviews
Incredible swimming holidays and events at iconic locations around the UK. ​ Fabulous food, wonderful wines and accommodation come as standard alongside inclusive, breath taking swims and kind humans on our holidays. Our unique holidays focus on bringing new people to the best secret and most iconic swim spots from Cornwall, Devon & Dorset to North Wales and the Lake District, in exclusive, simple yet stunning accommodation with every detail taken care of. ✔ STA Open Water Swim Coaches ✔ Iconic Locations ✔ Lifeguard Led


It was a great trip with great organisation, friendly fellow swimmers and delicious food and post swim cakes, and a very comfortable glamping site. Mel and Rich were friendly throughout, and were well informed about local areas and swims. When a decision needed to be made in relation to safety, as a result of inclement weather during our trip, and our plans were forced to change - they kept us fully informed. This was my 3rd trip with Mel and Rich and I entirely recommend their trips and rate them both highly.
By Lynn F for Swim Packing Adventure | Studland & Poole Island Hopping on Jul 15, 2024
Another amazing experience with The Wild Swimming Co team. Keeping us safe with lifeguard support, encouragement and homemade cake. Well organised with good local knowledge. We couldn't have asked for calmer seas and a more stunning sunrise. Thank you for a fantastic event, highly recommended. I'll be back.
By Deborah B for Summer Solstice Swim | Old Harry & Powerboat on Jun 30, 2024
What a fantastic swim and adventure. We were so lucky with the weather but even so the organisation was great and we were well looked after by everyone. I am seriously looking at booking a weekend trip with them as a result!
By Clare S for Summer Solstice Swim | Old Harry & Powerboat on Jun 29, 2024
Epic swim with Rich and Donald. Standing on the rocks at Old Harry having swum up from the beach with the sun setting and the moon rising was breathtaking. The swim group were encouraged to work together to have their best swim getting to the rocks and amazing local knowledge of the rocks meant we could all play in the tunnels and arches. And. There. Was. Cake! Power boat ride back to the beach was the icing on the cake! Thank you.
By Nina C for Summer Solstice Swim | Old Harry & Powerboat on Jun 23, 2024
The whole experience was amazing from start to finish. The safety aspects Rich & Donald went through to keep us all safe & sound was so reassuring. We started off with a run done of how the evening was going to run, to covering off all the disclaimers & then checking we could all swim to the required level for the adventure. Then, off we set. No one was left behind or unsupported. The arrival to Old Harry's Rock was fun scooting over the rocks, then some tasty freshly baked cake. We then hopped back in the water to swim through the caves & touched Old Harry himself. History in the making, right there. Whilst swimming through the caves, we got to see the sun sink gradually on the horizon. We were then treated to the most exhilarating rip boat ride back to shore. Whilst riding the rip, I took one glance back at Old Harry to see the most incredible moon over the top of the cliffs. MAGICAL! Oh & a couple of doughnuts in the sea before reaching dry land. The sunset was out of this world, the sun set gradually & the colour of the sky turned from yellow through to orange, from orange through to purple. The Boys couldn't have made it any better. Thank you, a truly magical unforgettable experience 🤗
By Kimberley C for Summer Solstice Swim | Old Harry & Powerboat on Jun 22, 2024
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