Exmoor open water swim 2019

Next event

27 September 2020

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*COVID-19 Update: If we are unable to put the event on in September due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will have the chance to have a full refund or defer to 2021 or 2022!

Everyone who enters the swim will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a Strel Swim Adventure Holiday.

Want £50 off of a holiday booking with Marsdens Devon Cottages? – use the code “SWIM50” to get your discount via the Marsdens website

2019 results
2019 Photos

2020 course lengths

Specially for 2020, we have a 1km course for those with less training or new to open water swimming!
The “elite” only* 6km route combines loops of both the 2km and 4km courses!
The longer 4km route takes the swimmers on a stunning single loop tour of the whole lake
We have a shorter 2km course, which will hopefully result in returns next year to conquer the 4km!

*”Elite” 6km participants must be able to swim 1-mile in under 28 minutes (pool equivalent)

Exmoor Logo 2020 colour

4KM / 2KM

Our goal is to give everyone the opportunity to swim in this incredible lake in the heart of Exmoor. While there are medals for those who come in the top three for their age groups, the majority of swimmers will simply be challenging themselves to participate in a safe and friendly open water swimming environment at Wimbleball Lake.

The 4km route takes the swimmers all the way down to the end and back, on a stunning single loop tour of the whole lake. Safety will be covered by kayaks and motorboats, as the swimmers enjoy unparalleled views of this special place.

The 4km swim distance is designed as a challenge, even for the seasoned long distance open water swimmers and slightly longer than an Iron Man swim. It is also a goal to aim for, for swimmers who either have confined their swims to pools or have yet to conquer this distance.

For those who are not ready to take on the 4km route, we have a 2km course, which will hopefully result in returns next year to take on the 4km or 6km courses!

1KM (NEW FOR 2020!)

Our goal is to give everyone the opportunity to swim in this incredible lake in the heart of Exmoor – and this is even more true in 2020. This year we have introduced a 1km course for those swimmers who are just getting into open water swimming, or simply haven’t had a chance to train during the restrictions in place this summer.

The 1km route will use the same start and finish point at Wimbleball Lake, but enjoy a tour of the bay from the shore. Safety will be covered by kayaks and motorboats, and swimmers will get the enjoy the experience without spending too long in the water.

Whether as an introduction or to compensate for reducing training opportunities, we hope to see you return for one of the longer course next year!

Exmoor Open Water Swim: 6KM “elite”

For those with more experience, who would like to swim at a faster pace (less than 28 minutes per mile equivalent in a pool), and would like to swim a longer distance, we introduced an “Elite” 6km course in 2018! The 6km course starts first and combines both the 2km and 4km courses. Specific safety cover will be in place on a completely clear course.

Swimmers of all distances will receive prizes, distance specific swim hats and will be individually timed. There will be medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and prizes for 1st place of each age category. Event T-shirts will be on sale in advance only, together with Exmoor Swim Dryrobes.

All competitors will receive a snack and hot drinks at the finish line.

Join us for this challenging and spectacular event in one of the most beautiful lakes in Great Britain.

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This year

Could you become King or Queen of the Moors?

king of the moors
king of the moors

For 2020 The King and Queen of the Moors cup will go to the oldest male / female competitors and the Ice King & Queen will be presented to the oldest swimming “skins” of course!

Pickwell Foundation Reuse Recycle

Why the environmental focus to this year’s event?

With an increasing recognition of the environmental challenges that we are facing, we teamed up with The Pickwell Foundation to encourage greater consideration for the environment as an event, and for the competitors taking part – including being aware Plastic Free Business status by Surfers Against Sewage as part of their Plastic Free Communities campaign. In addition to recycling and zero single-use plastic containers at the event, we will be looking to minimise our impacts through supplier choice, snacks available and prizes.

In 2020 we will continue to minimise our impact, with a focus on reducing the carbon footprint of the event itself and the participants taking part.

We can all do our part!

Check out our charity partners Possible and Plastic Free North Devon for great practical advice on how to reduce your footprint.

Please download the Plastic-Free Toolkit

Plastic-Free Toolkit

our sponsors

Charity partners

Our thanks go to


Wimbleball Lake, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset. TA22 9NU