Open water swimming event in Windermere

Scores of swimmers have been braving the cold waters of Windermere today to join in with an Open Water Swim event.

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Full report: Open water swimmers take spring dip in Windermere

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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Swimmers take the plunge at Windermere

Swimmers brace themselves for the cold water Credit: ITV News Border

A group of brave swimmers braved the elements in Windermere to take part in an open water swim.

Swimmers warming up before taking the plunge Credit: ITV News Border
And they're off Credit: ITV News Border

The thermometer read just eight degrees, but despite the chilly water they all seemed to enjoy their morning dip.

Cold but happy Credit: ITV News Border
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