Open water swimming in Lake Windermere and Lake District wide

Open water, or wild, swimming is becoming a highly popular pastime in the United Kingdom. With lakes, tarns and waters, the Lake District is naturally the ideal place for open water swimming. Choose to tackle the biggie of Lake Windermere or start out in Blea Tarn with stunning views of the Langdale Pikes.

Open water swimmers are taking to the bodies of water in the Lake District on a weekly basis and after work in the summer months. As well as simply leisure open swimming there are also organised races, the biggest of which are the Chill Swim series of events. Taking place either in Coniston Water or Lake Windermere, the 4 events during the year are highly regarded and always a sell out of entries. Choose between the Coniston End to End in September, the Windermere Cross Lake Swim, the Boxing Day Dip in Windermere or the largest event, the Big Chill Swim.

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Whether it’s part of a triathlon or simply just to feel at one with the water, nature and the Lake District landscape, it’s most definitely tipped to be one the must try activities this year and beyond. See the Lake District from a different perspective whilst in the water at of course, at the same time, keeping fit. There’s nothing like cold water for muscle rejuvenation too, just remember the wet suit!

After the adventure in the water, head to some warm and luxurious surroundings such as the Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate. There they love a bit of adventure and fully embrace what there is on the doorstep. But everyone loves a spot of luxury don’t they and at Brimstone it can be found in abundance. Their suites can only be booked direct and are well worth a treat. Visit for more information.