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



Brockhole-on-Windermere is a little piece of Lake District paradise, ideally located on the banks of Windermere and well-equipped for visitors of all ages and interests. The historic Arts and Crafts villa boasts fascinating features and a stunning garden. As a venue, it offers a whole host of indoor and outdoor activities so, whatever the weather, you’ll find something to get involved in, from hiking and sightseeing to shopping, exhibitions, and the very best locally-sourced food and drink.

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Windermere is England’s largest natural lake, measuring a whopping 10.5 miles in length. Surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery, the lake and its neighbouring mountains, fells and valleys were the inspiration for countless artists and writers including Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. As a destination, it offers the very best of both natural and man-made attractions - you’ll find wildlife in abundance, as well as leisure activities, shopping, cultural pursuits and more. Come and soak up every bit of the action on Great North Swim weekend.



The Lake District – a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2017 – offers a breadth of activities and attractions on an even bigger scale. There are so many must-see sights and things to do within a short distance of Brockhole, giving you the perfect excuse to make a weekend of it. Nature fanatic? Have a go at conquering England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike) or taking a boat trip across the nation’s deepest lake (Wastwater). And no trip would be complete without a selfie at the top (or the bottom) of the country’s steepest road: the incomparable Hardknott Pass.




See Lake Windermere. It isn’t just us shouting about Lake Windermere - travel guides and tourist websites across the world agree that a trip to England’s largest lake needs to be top of your To Do list. Walk, climb or cycle around it, grab some oars or let an engine take the strain and book a boat trip. But the very best way to experience Windermere? Dive right in. 

Head for the home of Beatrix Potter. The celebrated children’s author left her home - and lots of personal belongings - to the National Trust, so head for Hill Top and see the garden that influenced her much-loved Peter Rabbit stories and more. You can also view her paintings, porcelain, photographs and more. 

Indulge in some Grasmere gingerbread. Grasmere is a perfect little jewel of a Lake District town, with a delightful book shop, pubs packed with personality and stunning surroundings. But the biggest draw of all is the gingerbread, baked to the recipe used by Victorian baker Sarah Nelson. Best eaten warm, it’s lightly spicy, chewy and incredibly moreish. 

Explore your inner artist at the Derwent Pencil Museum. This quirky little museum is the stuff of folklore. Many remember it from childhood holidays or school trips and it’s just as wonderful - and slightly odd - as it was back then. Home of the world’s first pencil, secret WW2 scribblers and an 8m long colouring pencil, it’s well worth a visit.

Climb Scafell Pike. Not for the faint-hearted, climbing England’s highest mountain will take experienced walkers 5-6 hours even in great weather, so plan accordingly. Take expert advice on possible routes, what to bring and precautions to take. Once you reach the summit, though, you’ll be rewarded with views and an unrivalled sense of achievement. 


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