The Lake District offers a great opportunity to swap the monotony of
swimming in your local pool with the opportunity to truly experience the Lakes
from a whole new perspective. Taking the plunge and swimming in the Lakes can
be a truly fantastic experience. If you’re taking to the Lakes for a social
swim with your lakes or training to take on the Windermere end to end challenge
the Lakes has something for all.
Along with the National Park a Safe Swimming message has been developed
to help swimmers make the right decisions as to where and when to go swimming
in a safe and enjoyable way. Alongside this the Lake District Access
Forum have developed a guide to help you make good decisions as to where to
freshwaters in Cumbria are of great ecological and economic significance. We
love spending time in and on them, so protecting them is something we all need
to take responsibility for.
non-native species and diseases are able to ‘hitchhike’ on our equipment and
clothing. You may inadvertently spread or introduce invasive species even if
you just go for a swim!
Every time you leave any water such as a river, tarn or lake:
Clean - Dry
Check your equipment and
clothing for living organisms. Pay particular attention to damp or hard to
Clean and wash all
equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly. If you do come across any
organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them or on a hard
surface to die out.
Dry all equipment and
clothing. Some species can live for many days in damp conditions.
The National Trust is Europe's largest conservation charity. In the Lake District, we look after a
quarter of the National Park, 125 mountains, 24 lakes, 59 listed buildings, 14 holiday cottages, 3
campsites and 90 tenanted farms. We welcome 19 million visitors throughout the year, opening the
Lakes up for ever, for everyone - Four seasons, One Lake District.