Great North Swim

The Great North Swim is the UK's biggest open water swimming event, which takes place on Lake Windermere each year.

Yearly over 10,000 people take to the water in a three day festival of swimming at Low Wood Bay Resort on Lake Windermere.

Swimmers will complete a 1 mile outdoor swim, with a shorter 1/2 mile event as well as a more demanding 2 mile or 5 kilometre swim.

The swim is a brilliant challenge for all swimming abilities, from Olympic champions to first timers to experience the thrill of open-water swimming.

Highlights will be shown on TV as some of the world’s top swimmers go head-to-head in the elite races or spectators can view the event from Low Wood Bay’s beautiful lawns which host a grandstand seating area overlooking the course and large screens around the event site, family and friends can watch all the action.

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 provides an inspiring outdoor swim venue.

Great North Swim Hotels & Accommodation

Low Wood Bay is proud to host the Great North Swim and we look forward to welcoming participants and supporters to the shore of Lake Windermere.

If you require Lake District accommodation, our reservations team would be happy to assist you. If you require a place to stay so you can enjoy the Great North Swim weekend, take a look at our range of hotels close by.

Telephone: 0333 2203 105

Travel Advice

For travel advice please see the Great North Swim website.

Safety comes first
Relax and enjoy your Great Swim, safe in the knowledge that expert kayakers and safety boats are with you every stroke of the way!
Our advanced safety system also lets us know exactly who is in the water. Swimmers will set off in waves of approximately 300 every half an hour.