The Lake District Retreat

Glenridding, Penrith CA11, UK

The Wild Swimming Co. Ltd
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5 reviews
Nov 4 - 6, 2024
Group size: 1 - 24
The Lake District Retreat
Glenridding, Penrith CA11, UK

The Wild Swimming Co. Ltd
  • Facebook verified
5 reviews

Nov 4 - 6, 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 3 or 4 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 £449 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


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
5 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


This was my first cold water swimming adventure and as a novice I am so pleased I picked The Wild Swimming Co. Mel, Rich and Becky were fantastic and really looked after us. I was nervous about my ability and not keeping up with other swimmers but the way the course was structured meant I was able to do everything at my own pace without holding anyone up. Amazing food, fantastic people and a really wonderful thing to have done. I will be back, highly recommend this to anyone.
By Alex L for The Spring in Dorset Retreat on Apr 15, 2024
Amazing trip to Bude. Rich and Mel looked after us so well and struck a brilliant balance between fun and safety. The swims and schedules were planned perfectly to give us a range of experiences. I came back feeling like a kid again and with a renewed sense of adventure! (And I’ve already booked my next trip with Rich and Mel) Thank you.
By Emma M for The Spring in Cornwall Retreat on Mar 27, 2024
I had a fantastic time. On a practical level, I really appreciated the option of a solo room, which had a really comfortable bed and good heating with the bonus of an absolutely gorgeous view. But more importantly the experience itself was magical with a variety of unforgettable and genuinely 'wild' swims, expertly led by a lovely team who made me feel safe at all times. This really helped me to build my confidence while not losing any excitement or joy. I also really appreciated the diversity of activities on offer whereby we could also enjoy walks, time in nature and time alone with absolutely no pressure to do everything. The food was consistently delicious and filling (especially the cakes!) and the tea/coffee-making facilities were excellent. I will definitely be coming back on another retreat.
By Iona B for The Spring in Cornwall Retreat on Mar 19, 2024
Loved this retreat! It was the perfect way to reset. I'm very new to cold water swimming but it was great way to get into it and swim in some beautiful spots. I really enjoyed getting to know all the other swimmers and Mel, Becky and Rich were amazing; catering for every dietary need (they even made me vegan pancakes!) and generally being warm, friendly and - most importantly - making sure we felt safe at all times. Would definitely love to come back! Thanks again x
By Becky N for The Cold Water Retreat | Studland, Dorset on Feb 20, 2024
Excellent swimming coaches! Comfortable accommodation with great meals and delicious cakes after each swim ! Would highly recommend this to anyone wishing to swim open water suitable for any level 🙌
By Kathy F for The Cold Water Retreat | Studland, Dorset on Feb 08, 2024