Thousands of people are visiting the Lake District this weekend, for the annual Big Chill Swim event.Read the full story ›
Hundreds of people are taking place in a swimming regatta in the Lake District.
More than 1,000, from all around the world, have signed up for the Big Chillswim, at Windermere this weekend, and it's now underway:
More than 1,000 people are set to brave the cold by swimming in Windermere this weekend.
The Big Chillswim Winter Swimming Gala attracts competitive swimmers from countries including Australia, the USA and Russia, and is billed as a major boost for tourism in the Lake District.
The success of the Chillswim is having a hugely beneficial effect on local tourism at a time of year when visitor numbers are generally relatively lower."
The three day regatta began yesterday, with the World Open Water Swimming Association Awards, but the big event, the Winter Swimming World Cup, takes place over the weekend.
It includes the 1km British Winter Swimming Championships.
The swimming races began at 9am this morning, and finish at 5pm this afternoon, before a prize giving ceremony.
They resume at 9am on Sunday morning.
We have seen a dramatic rise in competitors since the event started in 2013, about 250 swimmers back then to over a thousand this year. And it's even more gratifying to see swimmers from all over the UK and Ireland joined by so many international contenders, all of which has helped us secure World Cup status.
With the stunning Langdale Pikes as a backdrop, I can't think of a better or more scenic venue for an exciting weekend of highly competitive swimming. We hope that local people will flock to the shores of Lake Windermere to support the event and cheer the swimmers on throughout the weekend."
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The annual New Years Day swim took place at Crossmichael in Dumfries and Galloway this morning.
More than 70 brave souls took a leap into the chilly waters of Loch Ken and emerged still smiling.
The biggest scheme ever held to try to prevent children from drowning in open water has been launched in Cumbria.
The Lake District is one of six locations across the country that's been chosen for the "Swim Safe" initiative.
It comes after three people have died in the region's waterways over the last year. Watch Tim Backshall's report.
An open day is being held by the Nith Inshore Rescue team.
It's taking place at the Caerlaverock Boat House this Saturday 11 July, from 14:00 to 18:00.
The 'St John' lifeboat will be on display, along with other rescue equipment, and HM Coastguard, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service from Dumfries Community Fire Station, and St Michael’s Services, will all be attending.
At 4pm, the new inland rescue boat 'Cauley' will have its official naming ceremony.
The public are welcome, and refreshments will be available.
United Utilities are reinforcing calls for people not to swim in the region's reservoirs, rivers and lakes, as the school holidays approach.
The warnings come after a man died in Windermere and another in the River Esk in the past fortnight.
Two years ago a man drowned in Thirlmere, which is managed by the company.
Double gold winning swimmer Luke Greenbank has "always had a talent" according to his coach.
The 17-year-old, from Cockermouth, won his second gold medal of the European Games this afternoon.
He came first in both the 100m and 200m backstroke races of the competition in Baku.
Cockermouth swimmer Luke Greenbank has won his second gold medal of the European Games.
The 17-year-old, who qualified with the fastest time, set a games record in today's 200m backstroke final in Baku.
He also won gold in the 100m backstroke.