Take the plunge in Europe’s biggest open water swimming event

Windermere, Cumbria

Swap the beach this June for the shores of England’s longest lake, Lake Windermere in Cumbria, and dive into Europe’s biggest open water swimming event.

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The Great North Swim lasts three days from June 12th and is open to all abilities and fans of the water. With a range of distances to suit all, the event also features thrilling elite races with some of the world’s best swimmers.

Choose from four distances – ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 miles or 5km – but remember it’s a wetsuit only event!

While you’re up there, why not make sure you get the most out of this exhilarating event in June by bringing your friends and family along to explore the Lake District’s beautiful surroundings after the race.

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