Age 12 & over
This event has something for everyone, for all ages and all abilities, whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or a beginner. Choose your distance, join thousands of like-minded people and set yourself an open water challenge in the great outdoors at the UK’s biggest open water swim event.
With large screens around the event site, family and friends can watch all the action and enjoy an exhilarating, challenging and safe open water swimming weekend in the great outdoors.
This event is part of Great North Swim.
For safety reasons the Great Swim features dry-land sections at the start and finish of the course so may not be suitable for all swimmers.
If you would like to take part but have concerns over the suitability of the course for you please get in touch.
Brockhole on Windermere, The Lake District Visitor Centre
Windermere is England's largest lake at 10.5 miles long (17km), stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South. With adventure playgrounds, soft play, arts and crafts and much more, there's plenty for the whole family.
A great introduction to outdoor swimming, the ½ mile is the equivalent to around 32 lengths of a standard 25m pool. The average completion time to complete the ½ mile distance is approx 20 minutes.
The Great Run Company is in the process of updating its Sustainability Strategy in light of its collaborative approach and recent survey, however work to minimise the environmental impacts of their events continues, with focus on:
In addition, they are striving to improve performance even further by making sure that sustainability is embedded at the heart of the organisation and culture.
These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.
Providing clean water and decent toilets to everyone, everywhere.
The event has a big feel to it, it's great for swimmers who often have quite small fields in their races. It's well organised, nice to do it once and in a lovely area. Pete
I cannot fault the day in the slightest the weather, scenery, supporters, staff, marshals, everything was just brilliant. I will most certainly be back, What a fantastic event this was. Al
Overall a great event, very well organised. I'll definitely be doing this race again next year. Laura
So good to do something that does so much for others and have a lot of fun along the way. Neil Osborne, WaterAid swimmer
I feel more confident, have more energy and I feel like I have something exciting to look forward to!!! Catalina Ospino, WaterAid swimmer