august, 2024

10aug7:45 amBLDSA Ullswater7 Mile Senior Freestyle/Breaststroke


Event Details

ULLSWATER Saturday August 10th 2024


As the second longest lake in the Lake District, at 7 miles long Ullswater is often deemed the most beautiful.  The ribbon lake nestles within the foothills of the Helvellyn and High Street ranges, leading to chillier temperatures and bumpier waters as the wind channels down the valley.  

With this in mind, Ullswater can be considered one of the toughest Lake District swims, with stunning views along the entire length of the course.

Why not make a weekend of it by entering the North Lakes Challenge and participating in both the Ullswater swim on the Saturday and the Derwentwater on the Sunday (5 mile event only).  This can be completed as a solo swimmer or as a duo swapping role of swimmer and paddler on the second day. Additional certificates will be awarded for completion of this challenge.



The swim of 7 miles begin at the southern end of the lake at Glenridding pier and concludes close to the source of the River Eamont and Lakeland boat hire, in Pooley Bridge.  Advice regarding parking will be issued following entry to the event.

You will need to make your own arrangements for picking up vehicles left at the start of the swim in Glenridding.

Swimmers must have a Kayaker for support on the water, you can supply your own or the BLDSA can find one for you, please select the kayak supplied option.

If you are providing your own support please take a look at Boat Crews requirements on the BLDSA website.

Advice to Kayakers download

Water Temperatures:  Ullswater is a considered one of the chillier swims usually sitting below 16˚c.

Presentation: After the swim, join us in celebrating by friendly presentation in a local cosy pub in Pooley Bridge.  Certificates will be awarded to all swimmers completing the event alongside keepsakes to the winners of the Ladies and Gents Championship and winners of the boys and girls Junior Championship. 

Swim Secretary: Michelle Hardy




Challenge entry will require BLDSA membership and be non-wetsuit; veterans/ seniors £80 and juniors £20

Juniors MUST have a Parent or Guardian present AT ALL TIMES during the events.

There will be a number of spaces allocated to a open category.  All event rules will remain the same, other than swim wear and competing in a separate wetsuit class.  This is offered at a price of veterans/ seniors £130 and juniors £30 if not BLDSA members, BLDSA members will pay standard BLDSA rates


Both swimmer and kayaker report to the Swim Secretary upon arrival at Glenridding Steamer Car Park from 7.45am 



Please Note, attendance to the briefing is mandatory for both the swimmer and kayaker – failure to attend this will void your entry.

1st Wave, slower swimmers @ 8.00am
2nd Wave @ 9.00am



1st Wave @ 8.30am
2nd Wave @ 9.30am

(Note that times may be subject to change)

FINISH Pooley Bridge near the boat hire


There is a wide variety of accommodation to choose from should you wish to stay in this stunning location, from campsites to welcoming B&B’s.  A simple google search will pull up a number of options.

Kayak Support

Swimmers must have a kayak escorting them for this event, the kayaker should be experienced in rough waters and head wind conditions. Please ensure you have read the kayer information provided on our web page.



Entries Open 1st November 2023

Ullswater Member EventThis is for BLDSA MEMBERS ONLY Ullswater OPEN eventThis is for NON MEMBERS ONLY


(Saturday) 7:45 am


Ullswater 'Steamers'

The Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria CA11 0US


Michelle HardyConiston events

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