Great North Swim 2013

Today marks the first day of the 3-day Great North Swim in Windermere. At Blenheim Lodge, we have a number of guests staying with us who are swimming or who are supporting swimmers in this meet. One of our guests is swimming the 2-mile race today. I wonder how he has done?

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Swimming in Windermere for the Great North Swim. (Photo courtesy of

It was 1 pm when I went out to our car park to check on a blue car sitting there. The car looked empty of people but one of our guests said that he thought there was someone in the car. So, out I went in the heavyish drizzle that had been our weather companion since early morning. True enough, I found that the driver’s seat had been reclined to its furthest ratchet, and a man lay there with his eyes tightly shut. He opened the window when I knocked on it. I wanted to know who he was. This was the guest going for the 2-mile swim today, so perhaps he was just taking a short nap prior to the endeavour. Anyway, I invited him to check in and welcomed him with tea and biscuits, for which he was most grateful as he was about 3 hours too early for check in. Bowness, Windermere, and Ambleside villages must all be teaming with lots of walkers and swimmers this weekend. At Blenheim Lodge, we have 3 couples staying with us who have just walked off The Dales Way. Our guest house is the first one in Bowness off this long distance footpath, making Blenheim Lodge an excellent stopping point for walkers and sightseers alike. For those swimmers who are staying with us, it is only a short 5-minute walk to the lake, where they can take a boat to Brockhole and from thence walk another few minutes to the starting point for the Great North Swim. The weather has turned fine now, with bursts of sunshine having dispersed the rain. Nonetheless, Windermere is always cold, and most swimmers will be using wet or dry suits to swim in. I cannot imagine myself doing it, but must take my hat off to those hardy souls. This semi-festive mood will extend to the restaurants and other eateries over the weekend as participants and their supporters compare notes about their experiences. At Blenheim Lodge, we have advised all our guests to reserve tables for both tonight and tomorrow night. Sunday swimmers will likely leave the Lake District on the same day as it is a normal working week from Monday. For readers of this post who would like to see where our Great North Swim participants swim, do come and stay with us. Blenheim Lodge has 10 rooms with views of Lake Windermere, and it is but a short hop, skip and jump to the water itself. There are also many other lakes to visit, and all have their own charms. This month, we are running a number of special offers, including discounts for stays of 3 or more nights during the week, as well as our weekly rate offers. We look forward to welcoming you!

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This gorgeous view can be seen from most of our bedrooms at Blenheim Lodge, as well as from the lounge and porch. One Japanese visitor, an artist, painted this view as a keepsake of their visit to our guest house.

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

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