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The Great Lake District Swim Challenge 2017 – Swim ALL the Lake District in the ultimate open water challenge

The Lake District is England’s largest national park and a world-class swimming destination, now in its third year, the Great Lake District Swim Challenge is to swim all the swim-able Lakes in the Lake District.

The challenge is split into 2 trips:

Each is a non-stop action packed trip where swimmers will cross a width, or two of each of the swim-able lakes before moving onto the next lake by chartered mini-bus.

Great Lake District Swim Challenge East

“It was the most amazing trip ever and I am still buzzing. You all do a fabulous job and made the trip what it was. It was great to be with such wonderful people and to laugh so much.
Thanks again for a brilliant time.” Helen


This is a fully organised challenge which includes accommodation, most meals and full safety cover. The dates for 2017 are  13-15th August (Western Lakes), 23 – 25th July or 18 – 20th Aug (Eastern Lakes)

Find out more:

Great Lake District Swim Challenge West


The each challenge swim includes:

Qualified & experienced swimming guides and mountain leader
Private mini-bus to accompany you
Kayak safety cover & floats where appropriate
A bright Swim the Lakes swim cap
‘Great Lake District Swim Challenge’ T-Shirt
2 nights accommodation
Meals including hearty breakfast and packed lunch.


Great Lake District Swim Challenge Statistics:

• Swim Total: 16.1km

• Longest v Shortest Swim: 2000 metres v 500 metres

• Lakes: 15

• Journey Miles: 214

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