Windermere, Lake District
09 June 2023

Arla Great North Swim

9-11 June 2023

Choose from six different open water swimming distances to suit all ages, abilities and experience. Whether you’re looking to get fit, improve your time, soak up some nature or raise money for charity, you‘ll be part of an amazing collective experience - guaranteed.  Dive into nature and join us at the UK’s biggest open water swimming event. So what do you say - see you on the shore?

*Price shown includes £2 booking fee. Entries close at 10am on Thursday 8 June.

Swim Distances


£19 Entry

If you’re keen to try an open water swim but don’t know where to start, the 250 distance is ideal, and is also a great introductory event for younger swimmers age 8 years + (Standard entry £19).

1/2 Mile

£41 Entry

A great introduction to outdoor swimming. Equivalent to around 32 lengths of a 25m pool. Average completion time 20min. Entrants must be 12 years + (Standard entry £41).

1 Mile

£46 Entry

Suitable for swimmers of all abilities. Equivalent to 64 lengths of a 25m pool. Average completion time 40 min. Entrants must be 16 years + (Standard entry £46).

2 Mile

£54 Entry

Perfect event for open water swimmers looking for a longer challenge. Equivalent to around 125 lengths of a 25m pool. Average completion time 1hr 15min. Entrants must be 16 years + (Standard entry £54).


£61 Entry

Suits experienced swimmers looking to go that little bit further. Equivalent to around 200 lengths of a 25m pool. Cut off times apply, swimmers must be able to reach halfway (2500m) within 1 hour and finish within 2 hours. Entrants must be 16 years + (Standard entry £61).


£91 Entry

Suitable for regular swimmers who are capable of taking on longer distances. Anyone who enters must be able to swim 10k unaided, within 4 hours. This swim will be 6 laps of the standard 1 mile course. Entrants must be 18 years + (Standard entry £91).

Swim Sessions - Sunday 11 June

There are three supervised swim sessions available on Sunday 11 June, designed for those who want to give open water swimming a try or those with experience who want to refine their swimming technique. Places are limited, so secure your place early.
Rookie Splash 12pm or 12.30pm
An introduction to the world of open water swimming for everyone aged 8 years & over. The perfect session to just ‘have a go’ and quite literally, test the water! Choose from 2, 30-minute sessions (12 pm or 12.30 pm). You’ll stay in the shallows of Windermere, so you’ll always be able to stand up should you want to. The amazing Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) team will be there to look after you throughout to give advice and answer any questions you might have.
Open Water Masterclass 12 pm 
A 1hr skills session for those who are comfortable swimming in the open water. You will spend 45 mins in the water refining your skills with technical advice from our specialist coaches. They will guide and share tips on breathing techniques, drafting, sighting, mass starts, and turning around buoys. This session will help give you the confidence to perhaps go for a bigger distance in the future or feel more efficient and comfortable in the water.

Entry information

To enter, we ask for a £5 donation, which will be split between the RLSS and the Lake District Foundation. If you take part and decided to enter the 2024 Arla Great North Swim, then you’ll also get £5 off your entry. Places are limited, so secure your place early. Please note that the £5 entry donation made for these events includes a swim cap on the day, and full water safety cover and instruction, but does not include an Arla Great North Swim finisher’s pack and medal.


Enter Rookie Splash  

Enter Open Water Masterclass  

An Open Water Adventure

The Arla Great North Swim is a  weekend-long celebration of open water swimming. Expect stunning scenery, the best of local food and drink, outdoor activities, culture, art, history and thousands of like-minded people coming together. Think of it more as an open water adventure than a race.

Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi, Royal College of GPs (RCGP) Lifestyle and Physical Activity Clinical Champion and regular contributor to Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, will take on the 5K distance at the Arla Great North Swim this Summer. Dr Hussain is part of an advisory panel for Swim England, working with them to promote the benefits of swimming for everyone.

He has recently been featured in their Swimming as Medicine campaign (see video below), sharing his suggestions with other healthcare professionals on how to have physical activity conversations around swimming with patients. From now until event day we will be working closely with Dr Hussain as our official Great Swim Mental Health Medical Advisor, as he shares his top tips for staying active, his own swimming experience and the positive impact that swimming (particularly outdoor swimming) has on our physical and mental health.


Travel & Parking

When traveling to the event, please ensure you plan ahead as the roads will be busy and parking is very limited. You can view travel information here, to help you plan your journey. 


Which Distance?

1/2 mile

Arla Great North Swim250

If you’re keen to try an open water swim, but don’t know where to start, the Great North Swim250 event is ideal. It's perfect for new new or nervous swimmers, families, and children aged 8 and over, to test the water and get a feel for swimming in the great outdoors. 
What is it? 
250 metres (the equivalent of 10 lengths of a standard 25 metre pool) of open water swimming/splashing/doggy-paddling in the bay area of Windermere.
Please note: Please note our wetsuit policy. Every child aged 11 and under must be accompanied by one adult (per child). Anyone aged 18+ years old is classified as an adult.

Payment information: For children aged 8 - 11 years old the standard entry payment is £19 and accompanying adults must also purchase an entry at a cost of £19. For anyone aged 12 years + the entry is £19 per entry.

All entrants will receive a swim cap, a shiny new medal and a finisher's t-shirt, included in the entry price. 


8 - 11 year olds sign up here  

12 years old and over sign up here  

Great North Swim250