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Windermere

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2016 Big Chill Swim organized by Colin Hill and Steph Cox in Windermere, England
2015 Big Chill Swim in Windermere

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and site of many open water swimming events like the British Gas Great North Swim and several British Long Distance Swimming Association competitions and the Big Chill Swim, an International Winter Swimming World Cup. Windermere is in the Lake District and is 10.5 miles long with a maximum depth of 66.76 meters (219 ft). Windermere is a Ribbon lake (ribbon lakes are long and narrow) and was formed over 13,000 years ago during the last major ice age.

Big Chill Swim



One of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims, named in 2015. It is also site of the 2014 and 2015 WOWSA Awards where the 2014 and 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year awards will be given to open water swimming luminaries.


2016 Big Chill Swim in 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) choppy water.

International Winter Swimming World Cup

The International Winter Swimming Association World Cup Series (or IWSA World Cup) is a 5-part winter swimming series held 7 November 2016 in Jelgava, Latvia, 6-7 February 2016 in Lake Windermere, England, 13-14 February 2016 in Skellefteå, Sweden, 27 February 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia, and 8-12 March 2016 in Tyumen, Russia.

Big Chill Swim


Christof Wandratsch of Germany after setting a record in the 450m race in Windermere in 5 minutes 17 seconds of winter swimming in 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) water under windy conditions on 6 February 2016.

Martin Suzan on winter swimming safety.

World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns

Windermere in the Lake District was selected as one of the World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2016.

Records

  • Windermere 1-way from Fell Foot to Ambleside: Justin Palfrey, Senior Gents, 3 hours 48 minutes 4 seconds in 1997
  • Windermere 1-way from Fell Foot to Ambleside: Sara Ward, Senior Ladies, 3 hours 53 minutes 30 seconds in 1996
  • Windermere 2-way from Ambleside to Fell Foot to Ambleside: David Cech, Senior Gents, 8 hours 44 minutes 1 second in 2007
  • Windermere 2-way from Ambleside to Fell Foot to Ambleside: Rebecca Lewis, Senior Ladies, 8 hours 25 minutes 21 seconds in 2017

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