august, 2022

14aug8:00 amBLDSA Derwentwater2 miles, 5 miles Junior/Senior. Freestyle/Breaststroke.


Event Details

DERWENTWATER, Sunday August 14th 2022


Derwentwater nestles under Cat Bells with Borrowdale at the southern end. The river Derwent comes into the water here adding a refreshing surprise during the longer triangular swim of 5 miles.

The start for the 5 mile swim, is from the Keswick Launch piers, to the south end of the Lake then east towards Kettlewell beach and back to the piers.

A second, 2 mile swim, sets off a little later from Kettlewell Beach on the eastern shore, with both swims finishing back at the piers together.

For those also swimming Ullswater the day before and entering the longer Derwentwater swim, there is a price reduction and an extra Northern Lakes Challenge Certificate.

Some duos swap, swimming one lake and paddling for the other.


Swimmers for both events need to provide their own Kayak and paddler.

Briefing for both swims is on the beach by the Launch piers near the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. There is ample parking.

Presentations will be held on the beach after the last swimmers have completed.

Swim Secretary

Annie Stafford

Tel 01257 268946

Mob 07768132622



Championship entry will require BLDSA membership and is for non-wetsuit swimmers in traditional costumes.

5 mile triangular swim seniors and veterans £60, Juniors £10.

2 mile swim senior and veterans £40. Juniors £10.

Juniors must have a parent or guardian present at all times during the events.

There will be open category places for both swims, where wetsuits or non-traditional costumes are allowed. If you are a BLDSA member prices are the same.

For non-members 5 mile seniors and veterans £110 juniors £20.

For non-members 2 mile seniors and veterans £90, juniors £20.


for both swims 8.30 am at Keswick Launch Piers.

Briefing for both swims 9am. Kayakers must register and attend the briefing.

5 mile swim starts at 9.30am.

2 mile swim starts 10.30am at Kettlewell Beach National Trust car park. (NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021)

Both swims finish at the beach near Keswick Launch piers.

Cut off times 5.5 hours and 2.5 hours.



There are campsites, a YHA and B&Bs in Keswick.

Annie Stafford

Swim Secretary

Kayak Support

Swimmers must have a kayak escorting them for this event, the kayaker should be experienced in rough waters and head wind conditions and ideally should have a BCU 2 star award.



Entries Open 1st November 2021

Derwentwater Member EventThis is for MEMBERS ONLY Derwent water OPEN eventThis is for NON MEMBERS ONLY






(Sunday) 8:00 am



Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5DJ, United Kingdom


Annie Staffordtel: 01257268946 Email:


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