Hike/Tarn Swim to Angle Tarn

4 hour guided Hike/Tarn Swim - From Patterdale in the Ullswater Valley to the stunning Angle Tarn. Sessions twice a week.

Coaching And Guided Swims

Season: May to September, every Wednesday & Thursday
Cost: £65pp
Duration: 4 hours from 8.30am
Hike: 4 miles. Meet at Patterdale car park (15mins drive). Transport not provided.
Group: Up to six people. Children 15 years and over. 15-17 years must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. Suitable for people who can swim 500 metres and walk for two hours.


This exhilarating 4hr outdoor adventure combines two of the Lake District’s most memorable activities: fell walking and wild swimming

Guided by mountain leader and open water swimmer, Karen Field from Ullswater Swim Place, you’ll hike up to Angle Tarn – one of the highest bodies of water in the Lakes, at 470 metres – before cooling off with an invigorating wild swim beneath vast skies and the surrounding peaks. 

Along the way, you’ll learn more about the natural history of the area, the local wildlife, and the resurgence of interest in wild swimming in the Lake District. And as you walk back down, bright eyed and glowing, you can take in the striking views of the Helvellyn range and Ullswater before you.

The Angle Tarn guided hike and swim is every Wednesday, May to September

Why do it?

This unique outdoor adventure gives you the chance to fully immerse yourself in the Lake District’s wilder side – and take your outdoor swimming to the next level. 

Hilary Nixon is a qualified mountain leader and wild swimmer. Her local knowledge and passion of the outdoors will bring the walk and swim to life, and give you a greater understanding of the landscape around you. 

Along the way, you’ll experience a variety of terrains from pretty valleys to open moorland with mountain ranges and magnificent panoramic views, spot wildflowers and wildlife – and swim in the clear waters of one of the area’s most scenic tarns.

You’ll also learn more about the practical side of exploring the Lake District’s tarns: though there are more than 200 to find, and nearly all are public access, it’s important to know how to experience them safely and responsibly. 

Things to know

The hike up to the tarn takes about an 1.5hrs, and includes some short and steep climbs, and follows pathways which can be uneven in places. The swim duration will depend on water temperature and weather conditions on the day. In total the experience should last around three to four hours, with a maximum of six participants.

The hike begins at a public car-park near Patterdale, about15 minutes’ drive from Another Place the Lakehotel. You’ll need to make your own way there, either by car, bicycle or public transport. 

You’ll be carrying your own swimming gear, along with a tow float, neoprene vest, shoes and gloves, a lightweight changing robe and dry bag, all of which will be provided by Ullswater Swim Place (wetsuit shoes are picked up from the hotel). 

You will also need a change of warm clothes following the swim. As the weather can change quickly in the higher fells, please bring warm insulating layers to ensure you stay comfortable throughout the experience. A full kit list and itinerary will be provided beforehand.