Imagine plunging head first into the freezing cold Lake Windermere – refreshing, exhilarating and a totally unforgettable Best Western experience.
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Picture this, a hot beach covered in glorious sunshine and that feeling of diving into the sea for the first time on your summer holiday. Bliss right. Now imagine this plunging head first into the freezing cold Lake Windermere; not so bliss I hear you say!

Well there are many people who would disagree with you. Wild water swimming has seen a meteoric rise in popularity and you are now just as likely to see people swimming in tarns as you are walking on fells. Here at Best Western we have are very own resident wild water swimmer, Mike Durkin.

He’s the Head Chef at Best Western Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa. Mike is more than happy to pass on his wealth of local knowledge around local wild swimming spots to all guests and if you catch him on a good day he might even come out with you. If you fancy following his lead check him out in action below. 

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