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The 2018 Great North Swim is now open!

Join us in our new home at Brockhole on Windermere for a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District.

With distances to suit all levels and abilities you can enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors with friends and family.

Take your pick from 250 metres, 1/2 a mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k or a 10k...

 

If you'd like to check the 2018 timetable, just click here >

 

Event location

Bigger. Better. Brockhole!

After ten successful years at Low Wood Bay we’re very excited to announce that the Great North Swim will be moving to a new home in 2018.

Over the last decade the event has grown from just 3,000 swimmers to almost 10,000 and our new location at Brockhole on Windermere will allow us to continue to improve the Great Swim experience for participants and spectators alike. As well as an improved swim village full of retailers, partners and sponsors you can look forward to:

  • Family activities on site
  • Tasty treats from local food producers
  • Craft Beer Tent for post swim celebrations
  • Acoustic music and entertainment

Brockhole on Windermere is a not-for-profit attraction run by the Lake District National Park Authority and will also offer improved access and increased parking capacity.

Stay tuned for a full programme over the coming months.

Brockhole

Windermere is England's largest lake at 10.5 miles long (17km), stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South.

Surrounded by some of the nation’s most spectacular natural scenery - the Lake District National Park - the Great North Swim is an inspiring outdoor swim. With large screens around the event site, family and friends can watch all the action.

Make a weekend of it in the Lakes

Why not turn your trip into a great weekend away. Take time to explore the land that has inspired world-renowned poets and writers such as Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. The breathtaking scenery of the Lake District acts as a natural adventure playground - as well as Windermere being England's longest lake, it also boasts England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike), deepest lake (Wastwater) and steepest road (Hardknott Pass). Where else could you find such a variety of world-class outdoor activities in such an accessible and compact region?

Top 5 Attractions in the Lake District National Park:

  1. Mountain Biking-The Loughrigg fell tour - The Lake District is one of the most exciting places in the world to come mountain biking. If you want to challenge yourself on England's highest peaks, to enjoy an epic day out over endless miles of stunning countryside, or to journey for several days, barely touching tarmac, this is the place to visit.The fells just west of Ambleside are gentler than the higher fells and offer a good introduction to those new to the Lake District. The Loughrigg Fell circular mountain bike tour takes in the pretty mix of lakes, woodland fells and lanes that surround the base of Loughrigg Fell.
  2. Rydal Mount and Gardens- Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria - Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's best loved home for 37 years. Here he wrote many of his poems and revised and improved much of his earlier works including the Prelude and the famous 'Daffodils' poem. This historic home offers, large beautiful terraced gardens landscaped by the poet, magnificent views of lake Windermere and Rydal Water.
  3. Derwent Water Marina - Keswick, Cumbria - This busy marina on Derwentwater offers watersports tuition, boat hire, sailing, kayaking and canoeing.
  4. The World of Beatrix Potter - Bowness-on-Windermere Windermere, Cumbria - A magical indoor attraction that brings to life all 23 Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit tales. Meet all your favourite characters and find out more about Beatrix Potter herself.
  5. Townend -Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria - A real Lakeland hidden treasure set in the beautiful village of Troutbeck, this 17th century solid stone and slate house sits imposingly on the hillside, its huge chimneys typical of the area.
About Windermere

Tour of Brockhole


If you’d like to find out more about activities taking place at Brockhole on Windermere please click here

Great North Swim250

If you’re keen to try an open water swim, but don’t know where to start, then why not have a go at our brand new Great North Swim250 event?
 
What is it?
250 metres (the equivalent of 10 lengths of a standard 25 metre pool) of open water swimming/splashing/doggy-paddling in the bay area of Windermere.
 
Where: The scenic setting of Windermere in the Lake District
Who: Anyone aged 8 years old and over, suitable for all abilities
How much: £15 per entry
 
Great North Swim250 is the ideal event for new or nervous swimmers, families, and children aged 8 and over, where you can literally test the water and get a feel for swimming in the great outdoors. 
 
Please note:

Wetsuits are compulsory and every child aged 12 and under must be accompanied by one adult (per child). Anyone aged 18+ years old is classified as an adult.

Payment information

For children aged 8 - 12 years old the entry payment is £15, which includes the entry of one adult per child. For anyone aged 13 years old and over the entry is £15 per entry.
 
Places are limited for this fun, family-focussed event so make sure you secure yours today!

8 - 12 year olds sign up here  

13 years old and over sign up here  

Great North Swim250

Swim for Macmillan

Great Swim is proud to have Macmillan on board as the Official Charity for our Great Swim Series. If you're looking for ways to raise money for charity and you'd like to choose to swim for Macmillan all you need to do is click below:

 

Swim for Macmillan  

Swim for Macmillan