Great Swim Local is a series of swimming sessions held regularly in areas around the country.
Set in a beautiful Pennine valley on the border between Northumberland and Durham and bounded by moorland and conifers, Derwent Reservoir is perfectly located and is within easy reach of Newcastle Upon Tyne. The beautiful countryside setting provides a stunning backdrop for swimming and there is always a warm welcome at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club however cold the water is! Suitable for all swimming abilities.
Home of the Olympic Mountain Bike course 2012, Hadleigh Park sits in 500 acres of beautiful country park with views overlooking the Thames estuary. The reservoir offers a 400 metre swim course with qualified lifeguards ideal for those wanting to try open water swimming for the first time, experienced swimmers looking to perfect their technique or local swimmers looking for a regular training venue.
The lake at Ragley is set in the grounds of Ragley Hall Estate, which dates back to 1680. Ragley is famous for it’s 10 hectares of beautifully grounds sculptured by 'Capability' Brown. The swim is provided by the friendly Evesham Vale Triathletes who have been providing open water swims at Ragley Hall for a number of years. The lake is also host to the Phoenix triathlon and a number of other watersport activities. The Birmingham Mail quoted Ragley as 'one of the most beautiful places in the Midlands for an outdoor dip'.