This is your opportunity to swim in the stunning Semer Water, the second largest lake in North Yorkshire. According to legend, Semerwater was once a flourishing city. Cursed by a stranger who was refused food and drink as he knocked on city doors. Finally, he came to the dwelling of a poor couple just outside the town. The couple took him in and treated him with kindness, feeding and offering him ale.
As the stranger turned to leave, he turned to face the town and uttered the curse:
“Semerwater rise, and Semerwater sink, and swallow the town all save this house, where they gave me food and drink.”
The waters of the lake instantly rose up and flooded the city, drowning the proud inhabitants and leaving only the dwelling of the poor couple.
And how did those giant stones arrive at the site? Giants fighting or the glacial deposits?
Come and see for yourselves and earn a bottle of ale for completing either the 3km or 1.5km distance, this event provides the ideal opportunity for you to test your open water swimming against the clock and other like-minded swimmers.
All distances are open to swimmers of all abilities from the experienced athlete, to those looking to take their first strokes in open water.
Both swims start in the depths of the truly stunning Semer Water which, located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, really is a very special place to swim. The deep water start gives you time to acclimatize and find your breathe. The 1.5km short course takes in one lap with the 3km long course completing two laps. Both races will set of together and be marshalled by our safety kayakers, who will be on hand to ensure your safety, as well as providing much needed encouragement!
Every swimmer will also benefit from chip timing on the day, so you can accurately time your performance. Wetsuits are recommend, but we welcome any swimmers wishing to take on the challenge without a wetsuit.
Upon completion you will receive your well earned drink of Semer Water light ale.