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Long distance open water swimming isn’t just about swimming around buoys in a loop– it’s about the journey.  Travelling the length of a lake from one end to the other, swimming across a channel, or completing a swim from one set point to another gives the swim meaning.  You haven’t swum a lake until you have completed the full length of it. 

Chillswim specialises in open water swimming and is passionate about creating the world’s best open water swimming events.

The arena Chillswim Coniston is a mass participation, fully supported swim the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water, in the Lake District.

Entry includes:

  • Transport to the start and from the finish back to the race HQ car park 
  • Water safety support along the swim
  • Five feed stations along the route providing drinks 
  • Silicone swim hat
  • Free parking on race day for participants
  • Medal to each participant 
  • Chillswim Coniston end to end participation certificate
  • Goody Bag

Entry fee:
Really early bird: £90 (expires 14 Jan)
Early bird: £95 (15 Jan - 30 Jan)
Standard Entry Fee: £100 (1 Feb - 15 June)
Late Entry Fee: £105 (15 June)

Minimum age: 16 on day of event


The route starts at the south of the lake and finish at the north shore end next to Monk Coniston Car Park. After the first mile swimmers will keep within approximately 50 metres of the shore and event buoys and support water craft will direct swimmers.


Coniston Website Map

(Please note the route may be reversed depending on wind direction on the day)

Feed stations

There will be four boat-based feed stations along the route near to the shore roughly every mile of the swim with water, sports drink and gels. 

Chillswim Coniston Swimmers

Mandatory Tow-Float Use

Please note that the entry fee does not include a tow-float, these are available to buy on the entry system for 50% off the RRP. Back in the day when we first launched this event (2013) we were the first mass participation event in the UK to have tow-float use as mandatory, and we also spearheaded the introduction of these devices to open water swimmers! Now we know that a lot of swimmers have them, so we no longer include them in the entry fee. However, if you don't have one, then you can grab a bargain on our entry system! This offer is not available via the Swim Secure shop.