Exmoor open water swim 2019

25 September 2022

We delivered a cracker in 2021!

Enter early to guarantee your place in one of the most enjoyable events in the swimming calendar.

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2021 results

2021 course lengths

Introduced in 2020, we now have a 1km course for those with less training or new to open water swimming!
The “elite” only* 6km course takes on three laps of the 2km loop!
The 4km route takes the swimmers on two laps of the 2KM course.
The 2km course is a single long loop taking in three bays of the lake!

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

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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.

This year all 6km, 4km and 2km swimmers will be using the 2km course – enjoying a tour of Wimbleball Lake with three, two or one loop respectively.

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 event, you can complete one lap of the 2km course, which will hopefully result in returns next year to take on the 4km or 6km courses!


After the success of our first 1km swim in 2020, we are pleased to offer the distance again in 2021. This course is 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 over recent months.

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!

The 1km course starts after the last 2km swimmer is underway (around 11:00).

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! 6km swimmers will swim three laps of the stunning 2km course –