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Entries for the 2019 John West Great North Swim are now open!

Hosted at Brockhole on Windermere, it’s 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...

 

New official campsite

New for 2019, the official John West Great North Swim Campsite means you can really make a weekend of your John West Great North Swim experience, without worrying about finding accommodation in the popular Lake District.

So what’s included?

  • A 2 night stay at our John West Great North Swim Campsite

  • Space for 1 car, 1 (7m x 7m) pitch and 2 adults (campervans are accepted but must fit on the pitch)

  • Access to hot showers and toilet facilities

  • 1 mile walk into Ambleside’s pubs and restaurants - TAKE A LOOK AT THE MAP HERE >

  • Bus stop at campsite with 20 minute bus journey to the John West Great North Swim (additional charges apply)

  • 30 minute walk to Waterhead Ferry

All for only £75 per pitch.

Don’t have a tent? 

Don’t worry. You can hire a tent for an additional £15.

Take a look at our T&Cs for more information.

 

Book your stay  

Make a weekend of it

Which Distance?

1/2 mile

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 John West 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 (individual)
 
John West 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 11 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 - 11 years old the entry payment is £15 and accompanying adults must also purchase an entry at a cost of £15.

For anyone aged 12 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 - 11 year olds sign up here  

12 years old and over sign up here  

Great North Swim250

Watch the 2018 highlights

 

 

Event location

Bigger. Better. Brockhole!

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 allows us to continue to improve the John West Great Swim experience for participants and spectators alike.

Activities for your support squad

With adventure playgrounds, soft play, arts and crafts and much more, there's plenty for the whole family.

Fuelling up

Brockhole has a great selection of its own food outlets to suit all tastes and budgets. Ingredients are locally sourced where possible, and skilfully prepared by their experienced team of chefs. There’ll also be a wide range of independent local food producers on site especially for the John West Great North Swim weekend.

If you want to book a celebratory lunch, afternoon tea or evening meal at The Gaddum restaurant, available exclusively throughout the John West Great North Swim weekend, simply call 015394 40250 or visit: www.thegaddumrestaurant.co.uk  

Brockhole is also dog friendly but please keep your furry friends on the lead and out of the water. 

Find out more at www.brockhole.co.uk

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 John West 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

Parking

Our onsite priority parking is now sold out.

More parking and ferry options can be found by clicking here >

 

Wetsuit Policy

Wetsuit use is optional at all John West Great Swim events for water temperatures of 15⁰C or above. Swimmers choosing not to wear a wetsuit MUST use an approved high visibility tow float. This only applies to swimmers aged over 16 years old. Swimmers aged under 16 will be required to wear a wetsuit.

We’ve teamed up with 2XU to provide a wetsuit hire service, to learn more click here

John West Great North Swim 10k

JOHN WEST GREAT NORTH SWIM 10K

The John West Great North Swim Series is delighted to confirm that the 10k distance will return to Windermere on Friday 7 June and Sunday 9 June. If you're interested in taking on the longer distance open water swim, we recommend reading the information below to ensure you're ready for the challenge. 

The 10k will take swimmers on six laps of the existing one mile course in Windermere. There will be a feed station accessible on every lap with water and energy gels as well as medical support should you require it. The entry fee will include entry into the event, a finisher's t-shirt, a finisher’s pack and medal. 

ARE YOU READY?

This swim is a challenging distance and should be considered carefully before entering.  Please read the following:

  1. You must be able to swim 10k, at least, in one session without stopping.
  2. You must be prepared to be in the water for a prolonged period of time.
  3. All swimmers taking on the 10k challenge must be able to complete the 10k swim continuously and unaided within four hours.
  4. If swimmers have not reached halfway (5k) within two hours they will not be allowed to continue.
  5. Swimmers should be aware that the safety team have the right to extract them from the water at any point around the course on safety and/or medical grounds.

If you think you're ready for the John West Great North Swim 10k then click here> 

If you'd like to enter one of the 10k waves but are already entered into a different distance, you can contact our customer services team who will help you to make those changes.

Great North Swim 10k

What will the course be?

The 10k course will consist of 6 laps of the Great Swim course. You will be constantly monitored by our safety team and have the opportunity to finish at the end of any lap should you need to on the day. Your time will stop when you go over the timing mat at the finish. 

If I don’t complete the 10k will I still get my finisher's pack?

Yes – lap counting is an honesty system and down to each individual swimmer. Regardless of when you come through the finish system you are still entitled to your finisher's pack.

Will there be a feed station?

There will be a small pontoon reserved for 10k swimmers that you will pass at the end of each lap. You can stop on any or all of your laps to have a drink of Aqua Pura or take on some Jelly Babies. We recommend you practice taking these on board in your training. To avoid polluting the lake we ask that people replace any bottles back on the pontoon.  

Can I get out or have a rest at any point?

The feed station will be in deep water. You won’t be able to stand up but you will be able to hold on and take a minute to get your breath and receive a few words of encouragement from our Great Swim team. There will not be space for you to exit the water unless you are withdrawing from the swim.

Can friends / family access the feed station?

The feed station is small and adjacent to deep water so only Great Swim staff will be able to access it. Friends and family can support from the Low Wood Bay or near the half mile point at Jenkins Field.

Do I have to finish the Swim inside the 4 hour cut off time?

We will try and allow everyone to safely finish their swim. Due to the safety systems in place should people take longer than 4 hours we may have to ask them to finish a lap early, or have our safety teams bring them in. In addition to this we will be monitoring all swimmers and should our medical and safety team feel it is unsafe for any swimmer to continue at any point we may ask you to come in early. We will work with all swimmers to try and ensure they are able to finish the full 10k if it is safe to do so. Our priority is the well-being of swimmers.

If I’m not confident of completing the 10k distance can I drop down a distance? 

Subject to availability you can swap to a different distance, just email the customer services team at info@greatswim.org.

Can I bring my own hydration and nutrition products for the event? 

Unfortunately we can’t cater for individual requirements as we have limited space on the feed station. Bottles of water and Jelly Babies will be made available for all swimmers. 

FAQs

Swim for Macmillan

We are proud to have Macmillan on board as the Official Charity for our John West 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

Elites

If you'd like to take part in the John West Great North Swim Elite race on Saturday 8 June 2019 then visit www.britishswimming.org where you can find out out more information about entry criteria and how you can register.

Saturday 8 June

  • Elite women's 5k race - 16:00
  • Elite men's 5k race - 17:00
2019 Entry