Wild Swim & Trek


About the Experience

9.30am - 1.30pm
A perfect morning outdoors to invigorate the senses, challenge the body and soothe the soul. 

Starting with our signature 90 minute Strength Trek, we’ll take in the inspiring scenery of Ilkley Moor and surrounding moorland.  We’ll be walking at a purposeful pace with a weighted pack that is suited to each participants current fitness level.

Descending down to the River Wharfe, the next stage of the morning is a fully guided wild swim, where your hosts will provide a safe and supportive environment for you to feel confident about entering the water.  This is a perfect introduction to the world of open water swimming and is suitable for those with little or no experience as well as for more regular dippers.

The benefits of the two activities perfectly compliment each other.   Building strength and cardiovascular health through the trek and encouraging a robust immune system and the release of health enhancing hormones with cold water immersion.

We finish the morning with an opportunity to share experiences whilst warming up over hot drinks and a homemade cake or two.

Click Here for Q&A on Strength Trekking.

Your hosts


Nick has been a health coach and personal trainer for over twenty years and has worked with a broad spectrum of clients, from elite athletes to those challenged by long term illness.  A true believer in the rejuvenating effects of being in the natural world, Nick offers his clients the opportunity to reconnect with body and mind through embracing the elements on both land and in water.  He is passionate about how active movement can be used as a vehicle for both physical and emotional transformation and uses training methods to encourage the body to move in an efficient and effective manner. Alongside his personal training qualifications Nick is an STA level 2 open water swimming coach and is qualified in outdoor emergency first aid, he is legally insured to lead groups on both land and in water.


Les is an experienced wild swimmer and a wild swimming guide and has introduced many people to the joys and many benefits of cold water, in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.  He is passionate about helping others access this wonderful hobby in a friendly & fun way, safely. He holds a Royal Life Saving Society qualification and is up to date with outdoors emergency first aid and is fully insured.  If it's your first time trying out the cold water, Les can help safely introduce you.  If you are an experienced swimmer, he can guide you to some of the best river and waterfall spots the Yorkshire Dales has to offer.

This activity is open only to those who are confident in the water , non swimmers can contact Nick for private coaching if required.

A Typical Schedule 

9.00-9.30. Meet at location for a quick brief and Q&A

9.30. Strength Trek around Ilkley Moor

11.30. Reconvene at swim spot. Location - 

11.45. Introduction to open water swimming plus dip

12.45. Warm up with hot drinks plus homemade cakes

1.30. Depart

The Details

  1. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the experience.
  2. You can find details of what to bring on the day here.
  3. Locations and final details will be confirmed after booking. 
  4. Once you have booked, please complete this waiver form