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.
More than 200 people braved the freezing temperatures today to take a dip in Windermere.
The aptly named Big Chill Swim was held for the first time, but organisers hope to make it an annual event.
This is John Bevir's report.
The inaugural Big Chill Swim has taken place in Windermere. More than 200 people took part in total.
A variety of races took place, from endurance swimming to shorter charity events. The water temperature was just 4.6 degrees and competitors weren't allowed to wear wetsuits!
The annual Golden Sands Polar Bear dip in Whitehaven aims to raise more than £25,000 for charity.
Around 100 swimmers took part this year, with hundreds more watching on.
Samantha Parker has the full report:
One hundred people took part in the annual Golden Sands Polar Bear challenge in Whitehaven to raise £25,000 for charity.
The dippers ran into the Irish Sea in the harbour town and straight back out again.
Most we wearing fancy dress or t-shirts bearing the name of their chosen charity.
The annual dip is organised by Sellafield workers.
"We were treated to a warm up by the Moky Fit girls and then cooled down dramatically in the sea.
"This is a great way to raise money for charity and it does seem to be getting bigger and better every year.
"It's brilliant to see so many people get into the spirit of the occasion and dress up - a different way to say goodbye to the year."
The swimmers have now entered the water at Whitehaven for their annual New Year's Eve dip.
New Year's Eve dippers are gathering in Whitehaven to warm up, before heading tothe beach.
The 100 dippers have raised more than £25,000 for various charities.