'Park and Sail' to the UK's biggest outdoor Swimming Event

Published: 22nd May 2013

Spectators heading to the Great North Swim this summer (14-16 June 2013) can escape the traffic and bag themselves a truly unique viewpoint for one of the summer’s most exciting sporting spectacles with Windermere Lake Cruises.

From first timers to Olympic champions, more than 10,000 participants are expected to take part in this year’s three day festival on England’s largest lake, held against the backdrop of the iconic Lakeland fells. With a series of different races (half mile, one mile, two mile and five kilometre), the Great North Swim is a great opportunity to watch some top swimmers perform in stunning natural surroundings.

What’s more, Windermere Lake Cruises’ regular services operate 16 boats from seven lakeside locations – including three steamers, nine waterbuses and four wooden launches – providing a convenient way to get around the lake without the hassle of congested roads or parking nightmares.

Instead, visitors can park their cars at Lakeside at the southern tip of the lake before cruising gently up Windermere to all the sporting action at the northern end. Alternatively, there is also plenty of parking at Bowness, on the eastern shore of Windermere.

With special ‘Freedom of the Lake’ passes available for families, the ‘Park and Sail’ option is also a cost-efficient way to get around for budget-conscious visitors.

Entries for the event itself are still open, but going fast. For more information or to register please visit www.greatswim.org/north

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