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.)

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).

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.


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: Wetsuits are compulsory and 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