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10 Jun 2018
 
 
 
Make a splash this summer with a water-based adventure
 

Britain is blessed with over 40,000 lakes and 12,429 km of coastline - all waiting to be taken advantage of.

Set sail across Windemere, go for a paddle in Loch Lomond, head to Pembrokeshire for some surfing or dive into London’s park lakes for a summer swim. As the weather warms up, why not dip a toe into the huge choice of outdoor activities on offer at the water's edge.

Come on in, the water's lovely…

 
 
 
 
 
Race along the River Dart
 
Race along the River Dart
 
Head to the River Dart for a truly unique adventure race! Swim and run a marathon or half marathon in the stunning surroundings of the Dartmoor National Park.
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Sign up for Swim Serpentine
 
Sign up for Swim Serpentine
 
From the organisers of the London Marathon, Swim Serpentine is back for 2018! Join in the fun at this two-day swimming festival in the heart of London.
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5 tips for open water swimming
 
5 tips for open water swimming
 
Want to master swimming in the wild? We spoke to world renowned swimmer Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE for her top tips on stepping up your game in open water.
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Join the Superhero Tri!
 
Join the Superhero Tri!
 
Join the UK's most inclusive triathlon! The Superhero Tri was created to enable everyone, no matter their physical abilities, to take part in this fantastic sport.
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Hike the Lake District
 
Hike the Lake District
 
See the Lake District from a new angle - tackle 3, 5 or 8 peaks all in one day! Do you have what it takes to summit England's most demanding mountains?
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Swim under the stars
 
Swim under the stars
 
Head to Hever Castle for a one-of-a-kind event. Swim beneath the moonlight with atmospheric lighting and classical music to enjoy along the way.
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How to improve your swimming
 
How to improve your swimming
 
You might think you can swim, but just how good is your technique? Fiona Smart explains how to perfect your strokes and improve your performance.
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Swim Lake Windermere
 
Swim Lake Windermere
 
Take on a bigger open water swim challenge - sign up to swim Lake Windermere! With fully qualified lifeguards and boat-drivers to guide you along the way.
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On your marks!
 
Test yourself lakeside or take the plunge
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 23 June 2018 09.00 AM
24 Hour Swim
Bardowie, Scotland - Central Scotland, UK
 
Open water swimming 24 miles    
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Sunday 24 June 2018 09.00 AM
Marlow Classic River Swim
Marlow, Buckinghamshire, UK
 
Open water swimming 1.5 km Open water swimming 3 km  
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Sunday 8 July 2018 07.30 AM
Goodrington Beach Swim
Paignton, Devon, UK
 
Open water swimming 1500 metres Open water swimming 750 metres  
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Sunday 8 July 2018 09.45 AM
The Festival of Endurance - Hever River Swim
Edenbridge, Kent, UK
 
Open water swimming 3.8 km Open water swimming 1.9 km  
 
 
 
 
 
Walking
 
Sunday 8 July 2018 10.00 AM
Walk for Parkinson's - Lake Vyrnwy
Powys, Wales - Powys, UK
 
Walking 11 miles Walking 2 miles  
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Sunday 15 July 2018 12.00 PM
Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim
Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
 
Open water swimming 1.4 miles    
 
 
 
 
 
Running
 
Saturday 21 July 2018 07.00 AM
Rat Race Man vs Lakes
Morecambe, Lake District, UK
 
Trail running 26.2 miles    
 
 
 
 
 
Triathlon
 
Sunday 22 July 2018 09.00 AM
Castle Howard Triathlon - Olympic/Standard - The Howard
York, North Yorkshire, UK
 
Open water swimming 1500 metres Road cycling 45 km Road running 10 km
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 4 August 2018 05.30 PM
Dee Mile Full
Chester, Cheshire, UK
 
Open water swimming 2 km    
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Sunday 5 August 2018 07.00 AM
Thames Marathon Swim
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK
 
Open water swimming 14 km    
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 25 August 2018 08.00 AM
Great Scottish Swim
Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond, UK
 
Open water swimming 10 km Open water swimming 5 km Open water swimming 2 miles
 
 
 
 
 
Running
 
Saturday 1 September 2018 11.00 AM
Derwentwater Trail Run 10K
Keswick, Cumbria, UK
 
Trail running 10 km    
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 8 September 2018 09.15 AM
End to End Loch Earn
St Fillans , Scotland - Central Scotland, UK
 
Open water swimming 10.8 km    
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 22 September 2018 10.00 AM
Swim Serpentine
London, Greater London, UK
 
Open water swimming 0.5 miles Open water swimming 1 miles Open water swimming 2 miles
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 22 September 2018 08.00 PM
Hever Castle Night Swim
Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, UK
 
Open water swimming 1500 metres Open water swimming 750 metres Open water swimming 400 metres
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 29 September 2018 09.00 AM
Aberdovey Swim Festival
Aberdovey, Wales - Gwynedd, UK
 
Open water swimming 13 km Open water swimming 8 km Open water swimming 4 km
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 6 October 2018 10.00 AM
The Great Fjord Swim
Co Galway, Ireland
 
Open water swimming 3.9 km Open water swimming 2 km Open water swimming 750 metres
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming
 
Saturday 10 November 2018 09.00 AM
Barbados Open Water Festival
Bridgetown, Barbados
 
Open water swimming 10 km Open water swimming 5 km Open water swimming 3.3 km
 
 
 
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Outdoor adventures with expert instruction...
 
 
  Canadian Canoeing  
Canadian Canoeing
 
Peak Forest Canal, Peak District, UK - 1 days from £46 with Wilderness Development
 
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  Beginner Surf Course  
Beginner Surf Course
 
Dolgarrog, Wales - Conwy, UK - 1 days from £50 with Surf Snowdonia
 
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  Bosworth Open Water Swim Training Camp  
Bosworth Open Water Swim Training Camp
 
Bosworth, Leicestershire, UK - 2 days from £250 with Get Set 4 Swimming
 
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  Flatwater Kayaking Sessions  
Flatwater Kayaking Sessions
 
Toddbrook Reservoir, Peak District, UK - 1 days from £31 with Wilderness Development
 
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  Crash and Splash Lagoon Sessions  
Crash and Splash Lagoon Sessions
 
Dolgarrog, Wales - Conwy, UK - 1 days from £15 with Surf Snowdonia
 
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  Kids 5-day Intensive Surf Course  
Kids 5-day Intensive Surf Course
 
Dolgarrog, Wales - Conwy, UK - 5 days from £100 with Surf Snowdonia
 
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  Swim the River Arun  
Swim the River Arun
 
River Arun, West Sussex, UK - 1 days from £65 with SwimQuest
 
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  Run Sail Scotland  
Run Sail Scotland
 
Hebridean Islands, Scotland - Western Isles, UK - 6 days from £800 with Wild Running
 
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  Active Family Lake District Adventure  
Active Family Lake District Adventure
 
Keswick, Lake District, UK - 7 days from £525 with Activities Abroad
 
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  Discover the Hebrides - 10 days  
Discover the Hebrides - 10 days
 
Mallaig, Scotland - Highland, UK - 10 days from €885 with Sailing Scotland
 
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Rise to the challenge
 
Test yourself to the limit on these tough challenges...
 
 
  Snowdon Triple Challenge  
Snowdon Triple Challenge
 
Kayaking - Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia, UK - 4 km . Sign up for £75.
 
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  Zip Wire & Giant Swing Challenge  
Zip Wire & Giant Swing Challenge
 
Zip lining - Near Liskeard, Cornwall, UK - 490 metres on 08 Jul 2018. Sign up for £10.
 
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  Race the Sun - Lake District  
Race the Sun - Lake District
 
Canoeing - Penrith, Helvellyn, Thirlmere, Lake District, UK - 3 km on 01 Sep 2018. Sign up for £48.75.
 
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  Oxfordshire Adventure Challenge  
Oxfordshire Adventure Challenge
 
Hill walking - Thames Region, Oxfordshire, UK - 10 km on 15 Sep 2018. Sign up for £39.
 
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