Lake Windermere is a stunning treasure often described as one of the most picturesque Lakes in the UK. It is also host to the UK’s largest outdoor swimming event, the 3 day Great North Swim.
The first Great North Swim took place in 2008, and has since become a huge calendar event for swimmers of all ages and abilities from all over the UK. Initially inspired from the Great North Run, long distance swimmer Colin Hill wanted an event and a challenging focus for all like-minded swimmers. The first event attracted a huge 2200 swimmers to the striking Lake Windermere. In 2011 10,000 participants took to the water.
There are many reasons why swimmers take the plunge. Some to get fit, some like a challenge and many swimmers take part all in the aid of Charity. First timers right through to Olympic champions experience the thrill of the open water swimming, whilst also having a safety net of safety boats and trained professionals that are with you every ‘stroke of the way’.
Spectators come to experience some galvanising competitions, as top swimmers of the world go head to head in the elite races. Overlooking the Lake is a grandstand seating area overlooking the course, with large screens around the site for all supporters to watch.
This year is set to be huge for the Great North Swim with the two mile and half mile ‘waves’ already at full capacity. The Lake District is the perfect playground for anyone wanting to make a weekend of the event.
Hotels within 30 miles from Great North Swim
Gilpin Lodge is located in the picturesque English Lake District, just outside Windermere. The hotel is a wonderful combination of traditional and modern, with luxurious fabrics and stylish design.… More
The Gilpin Lake House is a stunning country house hotel situated on a private lake. As a small family owned hotel, you'll find a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere… More
Holbeck Ghyll is a four star country house getaway set within one of the finest locations of the Lake District. The hotel lies on the top of a beautiful hillside,… More
The Windermere Suites is a funky and stylish bed and breakfast within seconds walk of all the boutiques and restaurants that Windermere has to offer.… More
The Langdale Hotel is tucked away in the perfect setting. A resort style estate, full of everything you need for the ultimate luxury break in the gorgeous Lake District.… More
Hipping Hall is an award winning restaurant with rooms set in an idyllic location between Yorkshire and the Lake District. A passion for excellent food and wine is the driving force behind this quaint historical… More