Join us for a fun, challenging and spectacular event in one of the most beautiful lakes in Great Britain.
Join CHSW and take on an open water swimming challenge, in a beautiful location.
Exmoor Open Water Swim is back for the 5th year at the stunning and wild location of Wimbleball Lake in Exmoor National Park - with distances of 1km through to 6km - there is something for everyone.
Whether you are a regular open water swimmer or want to venture outside of the swimming pool - this is your chance to swim for CHSW – so grab your place now!
Volunteer on the day
If you are 16 years or over and would like to volunteer to cheer and support this event please get in touch with Jayne.
Latest event news
Fundraising is a fantastic way to get involved with Children's Hospice South West and provides us with an essential source of income. Without the wonderful support of our fundraisers, we would not be able to continue offering the wide range of vital services that we currently offer to our families and children. I
f you have secured one of our free charity places in this event, your sponsorship will help us to deliver our promise to ‘make the most of short and precious lives across the South West’ we suggest a minimum sponsorship target of £150.
If you have registered with Exmoor Open Swim direct, to raise funds for CHSW, please do let us know so that we can support you too!
Fundraising ideas and support
We have a dedicated community fundraising team who are here to support you, and we have lots of fun ideas to raise money to help you smash your own personal fundraising targets.
Enjoy the thrill of an open water swim
In 2020 the Exmoor Open Water Swim was one of the few open water swimming events that took place. The organisers developed a “Covid-secure” event management plan to meet the latest guidance in line with advice from government and public health officials. Whilst they would love to hold a “normal” event in 2021, if restrictions are still in place, they will be fortunate that the venue at Wimbleball Lake offers available space so that social distancing requirements can be accommodated. Until confirmed otherwise, the event is only likely to be a non-competitive “time-trial” format event, without a mass start, but with medals for fastest in each age and gender category (including for “skins”).
How long is the swim?
1km, 2km, 4km and 6km “elite”
- 1km course for those with less training or new to open water swimming!
- 2km course, which will hopefully result in returns next year to conquer the 4km!
- The longer 4km route takes swimmers on a stunning single loop tour of the whole lake
- The “elite” only* 6km route combines loops of both the 2km and 4km courses!
How experienced do I need to be?
The event is aimed at giving all people the opportunity to swim outdoors in a stunning location. To take part in the 2km or 4km you need to be a competent swimmer and at least be able to swim 1-mile in a swimming pool (64 lengths) in under 45 minutes. However, please ensure that you get experience of swimming in open water, are confident in achieving the distance and are comfortable in your wetsuit prior to taking part.
For those with more experience, who would like to swim at a faster pace, and would like to swim a longer distance, the “Elite” 6km course was introduced! The 6km course starts first and combines both the 2km and 4km courses.
Wimbleball Lake Activities Centre, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9NU
On the day ..
What time does the event start?
The provisional start time for the 6km “elite” wave is 09:30. The 2km swim will follow directly after the 6km, with the 4km starting after the 6km swimmers have completed their first 2km lap (c. 10:30 with a briefing at 10:20).
What time is registration?
Registration will open from 7.30am, or 90 minutes before the start of the first event (6km).
What time is the event briefing?
This will be confirmed nearer the event, but this is likely to be online (and recorded) the week before the event.
Is there car parking available?
Yes. All day parking is available for competitors and spectators near the Cafe. Please share cars where possible.
Will there be drink stations on the lake?
No. Under current restrictions, we will not be able to provide a hot drink and snack after the finish. We recommend you bring food and a hot flask with you for collection in the self-service bag drop after the finish line. The 6km and 4km swimmers will be able to leave drinks for “self-service” collection after each loop of the 2km course.
There will however be drinks and food for sale around the event village.