The Great Swims are the UK's most popular outdoor swims.  With no lanes or chlorine, they are a fantastic opportunity to swim outdoors in historic and scenic locations across the UK, whilst raising money for Aspire.  Distances include half a mile, one mile, two miles and 5km, so there is a swim to suit everyone's ability.

Swims in 2016:

Swim Venue 2016 dates
Great North Swim  Windermere, Lake District   Friday 10th - Sunday 12th June 
Great East Swim Alton Water, Suffolk Friday 17th - Saturday 18th June
Great Manchester Swim   Salford Quays Saturday 2nd July
Great London Swim Millwall Dock Saturday 16th July
Great Scottish Swim Loch Lomond Friday 26th - Saturday 27th August

Each swim takes place in a safe an supervised environment.  It's not a race, so it's up to you whether you do breaststroke while chatting to a friend, or front crawl your way to a fast time.  For further information go to

Don't be left on the water's edge!  If you would like to take part in 2016 email Colin.

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