Ullswater Guided Solo Open Water Swim

Swim the length of Ullswater: 7 miles End to End


Guided Solo Swims
Ullswater can be a tough swim, but not one to shy away from. The rewards are well worth it. Ullswater is the second longest lake in the Lake District, the views are inspiring, and this is a lake not swum as often as Windermere. Due to the high mountain range around southwesterly end (Patterdale) and along the shores of the lake, the water temperature can be a little cooler and a little choppier in the water due to the wind being funnelled down the valley.

Our boat is stored on the lake and we meet swimmers at the shore and take you to the start point by boat. You will swim with the prevailing wind (usually towards Pooley Bridge).

The two-way Ullswater swim (14 miles) is Colin Hill's personal favourite for Channel Training. It is challenging, but not so far as to put your shoulders under serious stress. 

What else do you need to know?

Once you sign onto the swim we will send you a full briefing document about the challenge. Your pilot will call you a few days in advance to talk about the weather and meeting times etc.

Support person

Each swimmer needs a support person on the boat. You can have up to 3 people supporting you (make sure they have proper waterproofs, not city slicker splash resistant gear). If you need a support person, we can arrange someone for £80 one-way and £150 two way (just let us know well in advance).

Colin Hill also offers Ullswater Cross Lake Swims & Coaching in conjunction with 'Another Place' Hotel situated on the shore of Ullswater.

Prices for private swims with us are:
  • Solo Ullswater Swim (one person, one way) £400
  • Solo Ullswater Swim (one person, two way) £600
  • Two people Ullswater Swim (one way, swimming together or relay) £450
  • Two people Ullswater Swim (two way, swimming together or relay) £700
  • Three people Ullswater Swim (one way, swimming together or relay) £500
  • Three people Ullswater Swim (two way, swimming together or relay) £800

Need somewhere to stay?


Set in 18 acres of Lake District parkland, Another Place, The Lake is a new hotel right on the shores of Ullswater – England’s second largest lake. A combination of contemporary comfort and Georgian style, the hotel has a lake view swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, treatment rooms, two restaurants, a library, family spaces with children’s activities and play area. Another Place is all about getting outdoors and making the most of the Lake District. You can kayak, stand-up paddle board and sail on the lake and walk, run and cycle on the fells. It’s place to try something new, discover and explore, then get back inside to relax with friends and family.


Ullswater end to end Role of Honour 2018

Here are the full results for the Ullswater end to end swims for 2018