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Open Water swimming has brought many people to the Lake District in recent years.
It is being described as Britain's fastest growing extreme sport and this summer Buttermere will host the biggest race of it's kind in the UK this year.
It is a 10 kilometer swim and to try to tempt more people to take part, organisers have held a taster swim on Windermere.
Ryan Dollard has this report:
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Eileen Jones from Head to the Hills is hoping more people think about taking part in open water swims:
Despite the cold water, the open water swimmers found the challenge great fun:
A group of brave swimmers braved the elements in Windermere to take part in an open water swim.
The thermometer read just eight degrees, but despite the chilly water they all seemed to enjoy their morning dip.
Scores of swimmers will be braving the cold waters of Windermere today to join in with an Open Water Swim event.
Organisers say anyone can come along but suggest people do not forget to bring their own wetsuits and thermal underwear.
The swim is suitable for all abilities and an experienced coaches will be on hand to give to tuition to any newcomers.