The Millerground Mile Swim has been the route of choice for our open water swimming training as long as we can remember. It provides just the right amount of challenge in a safe environment for swimmers wanting to build up to swimming a mile in open water. The vista from the water is great, with views towards Claife Heights and the shoreline near Bass Rock providing the perfect backdrop to our swim.
If your goal is to swim a mile at the Great North Swim, or just to enjoy a pleasant swim in this lovely bay on Windermere, the Millerground Mile is the swim for you.
A little bit about the Millerground Mile Swim
Millerground Landing on the edge of Windermere has always been associated with outdoor swimming, both Troutbeck Swimming Club and local schools have used it for generations for swimming lessons. Tough little Cumbrian school children would do laps between the little jetties and then run, shivering, to their towels on the shore.
For the open water swimmer, it provides an attractive and relatively safe place to swim with great views across the bay which was the site of the original Windermere Cross Lake Swim.
It is a very accessible area and has good parking and public toilets nearby. The swimming is relatively sheltered, with shallow water that stretches all the way around the bay which enjoys a distinct lack of boat traffic compared to the rest of the lake.
Exact meeting place, venue and itinerary will be confirmed upon booking. We can provide all of the equipment you will need for this swim with our low-cost hire if you do not have your own.
Please read the FAQ and Essential Information tabs to the left for information on what to expect and what to bring and more.
How fit do I need to be for the Wild Swim?
No need to be super fit, but you do need to be a confident swimmer who can swim at least 1600m in a pool in one session.
How far will we swim and walk?
Its a short 5min walk to our get in point, the swim is 1600m.
Can I hire a wetsuit?
Yes, please arrange hire in advance or at the time of booking if possible. Wetsuit hire can be purchased for £6 using this link Wetsuit hire here or give us a call on 015394 33826.
What will the weather be like?
It could be sunny and still, it could be windy and raining, but we do know you are going to have a great time. Please check the weather forecast before you travel and bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.
How cold will the water be and do I need a wetsuit?
The lakes vary in temperature between 15-20 degrees for this time of year depending on the local weather conditions. We have swimming wetsuits to hire for a small fee, please mention this at time of booking. If you want to swim without a wetsuit and are conditioned to swimming in cool water, please email us summarising your experience of temperatures and length of time in water – thanks.
Wetsuit Hire: Please book your wetsuit hire as soon as possible. Hire costs just £6 for a quality swimming wetsuit and wetsuits can be booked here
If you’d like to swim without a wetsuit please contact us to discuss your relevant swimming experience & acclimatisation, thanks.
What to bring: Swimming costume or trunks (we recommend having this on already underneath your clothes for ease.), swim cap, goggles (preferably clear), big towel, warm clothes for changing back into after your swim, appropriate clothing for the weather.
Group Size: min – max: 3 – 15
Parking: Directions for parking and meeting will be emailed after booking. Parking fees are not included in the cost.
Confirmation Email: We will send a confirmation after booking, please check your ‘spam folder’ etc.
Trip Caution: Open water swimming by its very nature involves a natural outdoor environment. Although unlikely, but there is always a possibility that we may need to make changes to the trip / itinerary due to for example weather conditions, water conditions or other issues that may affect safe operation or organisation.
Please read our Swim Trip FAQ’s to ensure you are well prepared and get the most from your swimming adventure.
All participants must be 16 years or over, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
By booking you are agreeing to our booking terms and conditions here
Swim Trips FAQ’s
For more information such as kit suggestions, fitness levels please read our Swim Trips FAQ’S here.
Pete & Andrea