The Great North swim is the UK’s biggest open water swimming challenge. More than 10,000 people participate in the three day long festival at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina on Lake Windermere. The challenge offers a 1 mile outdoor swim with a shorter ½ mile and a 2 mile or 5km swim.

From Olympic champions to first timers, everyone is welcome to enjoy the thrill of open-water swimming. It is not only an amazing event for all swimming abilities but also a unique one in every respect. Highlights of this inspiring event are shown on TV. Special facilities (including grandstand seating area) are available for the spectators who can view the event from Low Wood Bay’s lovely lawns. Large screens are placed around the event site so that family and friends can watch all the action.

This action-packed event takes place at the Windermere, England’s largest lake at 10.5 miles long. The spectacular scenery of the Lake District National Park around Low Wood Bay make a perfect outdoor swim venue.

Great North Swim

Swimmers from across the UK participate and are stepping up for this new challenge. Determination, passion and training are the key to finishing the event, and knowing your limits.

The Great North Swim is an opportunity to embrace nature and go on an open-water island adventure across England’s largest lake. It is a great chance to ditch the pool and have an out-of-this-world experience.


Mid-to-high end wet suits have been tested by the latest issue of 220 Triathlon magazine. They are the most affordable and best looking swim wear in the market. For details, you can always visit the Tri-store as wetsuits must be worn for the Great North swim.

Event location

Stretching from Ambleside in the North to Newby Bridge in the South, Windermere is the largest lake in England. Family and friends can have a great time watching an action-packed event from the banks of Windermere.

Timetable Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:
Time Swim Hat Colour Distance
Sunday 11 June 2017
08:00 TBC 10k swim
8:45 TBC 10k swim
10:30 TBC 5k swim
11:30 TBC 5k swim
12:30 TBC 2 mile swim
13:30 TBC 2 mile swim
14:00 TBC 1 mile swim;
14:30 TBC Half mile swim
15:00 TBC Half mile swim

*NB. All times and hats colours are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Entry fee

Different fees are applicable for different courses.

  • ½ Mile : £35 per entry
  • 1 Mile : £40 per entry
  • 2 Miles : £48 per entry
  • 5K : £55 per entry
  • 10K : £85 per entry (includes exclusive t-shirt & medal

    Grab your goggles and wiggle into your wetsuits for an iconic swim experience.

    For more information about the 2017 event, visit the Great North Swim website.

    If you are looking to stay in a Windermere spa hotel during your visit to the Great North Swim, choose from a range of beautiful accommodation near the Lake.

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