Great North Swim

Brockhole, Windermere

Organiser's Description

--- This event has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns regarding Coronavirus. The race organiser will be in touch with you in due course if you have made a booking for this event. ---

Hosted at Brockhole on Windermere, it’s a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District.

With distances to suit all levels and abilities you can enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors with friends and family. Take your pick from 250 metres, 1/2 a mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k or a 10k.


  • Swim 250 Fri, Sat, or Sun
    £16 CLOSED
  • Half Mile Fri, Sat, or Sun
    £36 CLOSED
  • 1 Mile Fri, Sat, or Sun
    £41 CLOSED
  • 2 Miles Fri or Sun
    £49 CLOSED
  • 5 km Fri or Sun
    £56 CLOSED
  • 10 km Fri or Sun
    £86 CLOSED

Brockhole, Windermere

Over the last decade the event has grown from just 3,000 swimmers to almost 10,000 and our new location at Brockhole on Windermere allows us to continue to improve the John West Great Swim experience for participants and spectators alike.

Activities for your support squad
With adventure playgrounds, soft play, arts and crafts and much more, there's plenty for the whole family.

Fuelling up
Brockhole has a great selection of its own food outlets to suit all tastes and budgets. Ingredients are locally sourced where possible, and skilfully prepared by their experienced team of chefs. There’ll also be a wide range of independent local food producers on site especially for the John West Great North Swim weekend.

Swim 250 - £16
Friday 16:00 - 18:00
Saturday 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:30 - 14:30

Half mile - £36
Friday 16:00 - 17:30
Saturday 09:00 - 10:00
Sunday 13:00 -14:00

1 mile - £41
Friday 15:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 12:30
Saturday 12:30 - 15:00
Sunday 11:00 - 13:00

2 miles - £49
Friday 14:00 - 15:30
Sunday 10:30 - 12:00

5k - £56
Friday 12:30 - 13:30
Sunday 07:30 - 09:00

10k - £86
Friday 12:00 - 13:00
Sunday 07:30 - 09:00

To regulate the number of swimmers in the water at any one time and improve the event experience for everyone, when you enter the event we’ll ask you to choose your distance and pick a general time slot to swim it in. We’ll then allocate specific waves six weeks before the event. You’ll get an email from us letting you know your exact swim time.

If you want to swim with someone else, we recommend making sure you enter on the same day, or register together as a group entry. To do this all you need to do is; create an initial account and complete the online entry form. Before paying you can then click group entry in the top right corner. Here, you can register the rest of the group you’d like to swim with. Once everyone is registered you can proceed to payment and complete all entries in a single transaction. This will ensure all swimmers in a group are allocated the same start time.

If you don’t register as a group and are allocated a different wave to your swim buddy, we’ll be able to accommodate changes once the waves have been allocated but this will be on a first come first served basis.

Wetsuit use is optional at all John West Great Swim events for water temperatures of 15⁰C or above. Swimmers choosing not to wear a wetsuit MUST use an approved high visibility tow float. This only applies to swimmers aged over 16 years old. Swimmers aged under 16 will be required to wear a wetsuit.

We’ve teamed up with 2XU to provide a wetsuit hire service, to learn more click here

Make sure you plan your travel ahead of the weekend and leave plenty of time to get to the start and prep for your swim.

There is no parking at Brockhole unless you've pre-paid for a place, however there are parking options in Ambleside and Bowness on Windermere. We recommend making use of the regular bus and ferry services or choose to walk to the venue.

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