If you’re anywhere near the area over the three days of 7th to 9th June, then be sure to check out the Great North Swim – because it’s quite a sight!
And if you think it’s probably something pretty similar to the Great North Run (a single sporting event with a heck of a lot of people taking part, just swimming instead of running) then think again!
Yes, there’s a lot of people doing it. About ten thousand in fact. And yes, they’ll all be swimming, and dressed like seals with funny coloured hats too. But with around thirty different events spread over Friday, Saturday and Sunday; it’s not just one big race but a whole festival of open water swimming events for absolutely all ages and abilities.
All the action takes place at Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Authority’s fantastic activity and visitor centre on the shores of Lake Windermere. It’s about half way between Windermere town and Ambleside, so it’s very easy to get to, and there’s loads to do on site in addition to watching the thousands of heroic swimmers, like treetop treks, water activities, a café, boating, and mini golf.
The swimming events involve thousands of people taking part, both competitively and just for fun, in a choice of six different course lengths, ranging from 250 metres up to 10 kilometres. There’ll be people from 8 years to 80 years old taking the plunge, from elite international athletes right through to fun swimmers having their very first go at open water swimming.
It all makes for a wonderful sporting spectacle, and with lots more to do around the site too it’s guaranteed to be a great day out for all the family.
Check out the Great North Swim website for the detailed event timings, and the Brockhole website to see all the other attractions on site.
And after all that action? Well, may we suggest a relaxing drink and a bite to eat with us here at the Three Shires?