4 BEST Wild Swimming Spots On Lake Windermere (You MUST Swim Here!)
4 BEST Wild Swimming Spots On Lake Windermere (You MUST Swim Here!)

4 BEST Wild Swimming Spots On Lake Windermere (You MUST Swim Here!)

When it comes to wild swimming locations in the UK, the Lake District is right up there with the very best.

Epic lakes, tranquil tarns, hidden caves and natural infinity pools just to name a few – perhaps the most renowned swimming spot in the whole National Park is Lake Windermere.

Spanning a staggering 14.73 km²,   dotted all around the glistening waters you’ll find a variety of swimming spots just enticing you to jump right in!

Providing unrivalled vantage points to grab a duck’s eye view of classic Lakeland countryside, dive into any of these swimming holes and I guarantee you’re in for a truly invigorating paddle!

Interested? Let’s get to it 👇👇

Wild Swimming at Lake Windermere

Best wild swimming spots – Lake Windermere map

Places mapped by Wanderlog, an itinerary planner on iOS and Android 

Fun fact – Officially the largest body of water in England (holding a whopping 300 billion litres!), there’s actually fierce debate as to whether Windermere should be categorised as a lake…

Technically speaking, Windermere is titled a mere (hence Winder-mere).

It’s believed ‘lake’ was simply later added to its name to avoid confusion with Windermere Village.

However, Windermere is considerably deeper than your standard mere, and this is where the contention lies.

Nevertheless – lake or mere – there’s no denying open water swimming is absolutely spectacular here, especially if you journey to one of the spots listed below!

Fell Foot

Where to park: Fell Foot, A592, Newby Bridge, Ulverston LA12

Located on the southernmost tip of Windermere, this dog-friendly lakeshore park is an absolute dream for wild swimming enthusiasts.

Even better, Fell Foot also has on-site changing rooms, so you don’t have to awkwardly manoeuvre into your wet while desperately trying to avoid exposing yourself in public…

Costing just £2 for a day pass, you’ll also have the luxury of on-site hot showers – the perfect way to warm up after a refreshing paddle!

Great for experienced swimmers and beginners alike, if you’d like to dip your toes in the waters but aren’t quite confident enough in your ability, you can always book onto one of the fantastic open-water courses ran by SleekerSwim at Fell Foot.

For more information on Fell Foot, be sure to check out the official National Trust page here.

Miller Ground

Where to park: Rayrigg Meadow Car Park, Rayrigg Rd, Windermere LA23 1BP

Miller Ground Landing has long been a celebrated wild swimming spot amongst the locals of Windermere.

A ferry in the water at Millerground, Lake Windermere

Residing on the eastern side of the lake – just beside the aptly-named town of Windermere – the long stretch of sheltered & shallow waters makes this an ideal spot for swimmers of all abilities.

Get here early and you’ll likely see locals enjoying a morning dip before their commute to work, while Troutbeck Swimming Club have likewise historically frequented this location for many years.

Home to numerous beaches and piers, Miller Ground also proves a favourite with the kids! Plus, after your paddle, why not peruse the winding streets of Windermere Village and check out all the quirky cafes & shops on offer?

Top tip – For the particularly daring amongst you, you could even consider signing up to the Millerground Mile Swim!

Low Wray

Where to park: Wray Castle, Ambleside LA22 0JA

Home to an epic castle and spectacular shingle beach for easy swimming access, swimming in Low Wray almost feels like you’ve been transported into some kind of medieval fantasy.

Nevertheless, while the imposing castle may look medieval in nature (it even includes fake arrow slits), this Victorian neo-gothic building wasn’t actually built until 1840.

Despite not being quite as old as it looks however, there’s still no denying that this is a marvellous location for wild swimmers!

Also home to the celebrated Low Wray Campsite, what better way to start your day than by zipping open your tent at dawn and heading straight to the water for a sunrise swim ☀️

Camping at Syke Farm Campsite in Buttermere
For more camping inspo, head over to our post on 5 Of The Very Best Lake District Campsites!

Top tip – for fans of medieval fantasy, be sure to check out our guide to visiting the Lake District locations where they filmed Netflix’s hit show, ‘The Witcher’!

Borran’s Park

Where to park: Lakeside Car Park, Ambleside LA22 0ES

Standing in Windermere lake at Borrans Park in Ambleside

Sitting on the northern edge of Lake Windermere, Ambleside’s Borran’s Park is another top contender when it comes to wild swimming holes in the area.

Providing shallow waters and fairly mild temperatures, you’ll struggle to find a better spot for those who are brand new to open-water paddling.

During the day, the water can get quite busy with boats, but you’ll be well away from them provided you stick to the western side of the shoreline and don’t head too far out.

Likewise – after your frolic in the lake – why not take some time to explore the charming village of Ambleside? Rich in history and incredibly picturesque, it’s well worth a mooch!

Wild Swimming in Windermere Lake at Borrans Park, Ambleside
Borran’s Park can be found in the heart of town, just besides The Wateredge Inn

Safety when wild swimming at Lake Windermere

While wild swimming sure is great fun, it can also be hazardous if you don’t quite know what you’re doing. Keeping this in mind, it’s always important to make safety a priority when plunging into any open water location.

Research your location wisely – First and foremost, pick a location you know is safe and suitable for swimming. You’d be surprised at how many spots look safe, but are actually extremely dangerous. A great app to help in your research is Wild Open Water, which is great for informing whether a location is suitable for swimming or not.

Check for any warnings – Likewise, before jumping in the water you plan to swim in, be sure to look around for any warning signs or alerts. These could include things such as strong tidal currents, dangerous waves or even polluted waters.

Check the temperature – Depending on the location & depth of the water – plus the time of year you visit – temperature can vary drastically. Before hopping in, gauge how cold the water is!

It’s also wise to wear a wetsuit for increased thermal regulation. Hypothermia is no joke; if you become cold or shivery, get out of the water and warm up as soon as possible.

Bring the right equipment – In addition to wetsuits, be sure to pack things such as a first aid kit, tow floats and anything else you may need for your excursion.

Swim with a partner – It’s always better to swim with at least one other pal, especially in more remote locations. As with any outdoor adventure, it’s also wise to inform somebody of your plans beforehand.

Know your limits – Never exceed your swimming ability. For instance, this could mean not swimming too far from shore if you aren’t the strongest swimmer and never paddling under the influence of alcohol.

For all the info you need in regards to safely swimming in the Lake District, I’d urge everyone to read through the official government article on safety when swimming in the National Park here

More resources

Windermere is but one of countless jaw-dropping wild swimming spots in the Lake District.

For a list of the very best locations to check out, be sure to read through our ‘8 Incredible Wild Swimming Spots In The Lake District’ post.

Meanwhile – for more Windermere inspiration – why not head on over to our recent ‘7 BEST Windermere Walks’ and ’10 Unmissable Things To Do In Windermere’ posts?

From ferry rides and cavern exploring, to village hopping and steam train riding; I’m sure you’ll find something there to tickle your fancy!

Happy swimming 🏊