Yorkshire Times
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Phil Hopkins
Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
12:00 AM 25th November 2023

BRRRRRiliant Cold Water Swim Retreat!

Photo: Jumpy James
Photo: Jumpy James
An Ambleside boutique hotel in the heart of the Lake District – Rothay Manor – is launching a series of cold water swimming retreats this winter, focusing on mental and physical well-being.

Guests will immerse themselves in some of the UK’s most beautiful stretches of water learning how to safely acclimatise mind and body to cold temperatures, whilst teaming the occasion with a pop-up cinema and complementary retreat activities.

The retreat, taking place on the 19th – 21st January and 1st – 3rd March 2024, is collaboratively hosted by three esteemed cold-water experts: Jonathan Cowie, Gilly McArthur, and Vicki McCreadie, all trained open water swim coaches.

Set at Rothay Manor, the two-night cold water retreat includes:

Meet the experts - welcome drink, nibbles round the fire and an introduction to cold-water swimming.
Guided cold water swim in Loughrigg Tarn, with views of the majestic Langdale Pikes beyond.
Guided afternoon woodland walk and a cold-water swim in Rydal water with the opportunity to explore Rydal caves and swim beneath the waterfalls.
Take a dip in the one-mile Grasmere Lake – a favourite spot of poet William Wordworth
Pop-up Rothay Manor cinema, with complementary popcorn, screening a selection of inspiring cold-water films!

About Rothay Manor:
The Ambleside boutique hotel is hidden in the heart of the Lake District but is within easy reach of Windermere and the fells beyond.

It has been substantially renovated over the last couple of years and is both a foodie and an ‘adventurer’ stopover with an open invite for canines.

The new Cold-Water Retreat at Rothay Manor is available from £650 for 2 nights on a B&B basis. Price includes expert swimming guidance, three escorted open water swims, robes, reading material, high tea and use of the pop-up cinema.

Please note that the guides will adapt the weekend’s swims to suit the group and Lake District weather conditions. Details