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Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina

Official Race Hotel & Venue Partner

A four star family friendly resort hotel with Leisure club, Watersports centre & Marina with a breath-taking lake shore setting, in the heart of the Lake District.

You can walk straight from the hotel to the Big Chill Swim's race venue in the Low Wood Marina on Saturday 1 February 2014


  • AA Four Star Hotel
  • Green Tourism - Gold


Staying Here

As the official hotel Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel have agreed a special room rate to all participants taking part in the Big Chill Swim. An ideal base from which your family and friends can watch all the action.

The Low Wood have a special weekend rate for the Big Chill Swim:
Chill Swim at Low Wood Bay 2016 Offer 2016
February Fri 5th / 6th Sat and 7th Sun 2016 - Any 2 nights
2 night’s Bed and Breakfast package:
House Rooms: (£165 Double Occupancy.) (Sole Occupancy - £135)
Classic Rooms: (£185 Double Occupancy.) (Sole Occupancy - £155)
Classic Lake View Rooms: (Double Occupancy £290.) (Sole Occupancy - £260)
Please note these rates are per room for two nights B&B.  Full pre-pay special offer terms apply.

Call to reserve your accommodation Telephone number to: 0333 2203 105


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Getting here

By road: From the M6, exit at Junction 36 and follow the A590 and A591 to Windermere and Ambleside. The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel is a white building on the right approximately 1 mile before Ambleside. The hotel postcode is LA23 1LP.

By rail: The nearest station is Windermere (2.5 miles). From there you can take a bus.

By bus: Services 555 and 599 stop directly outside the hotel. Contact the Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 for bus and train times.



There is limited parking at the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel which is opposite the marina, and hotel residents will take precedence. There is no parking at the marina itself. Once the hotel car park & overflow car park is full then the car park will be closed to Big Chill Swim participants. Vehicles must NOT park anywhere along the main road as this will cause traffic chaos and could result in the police towing away vehicles.

Alternative Parking

Alternative pay and display parking is available within walking distance of the venue. There are public footpaths between both of thes car parks and the Low Wood Bay Resort.

1. 1km South of the Low Wood Bay Resort

The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole - Postcode:  LA23 1L J Tel: 015394 46601

2. 1.6km North of the Low Wood Bay Resort

Waterhead Car Park, Ambleside - Postcode: LA23 1LJ


Getting Around 

By boat

Windermere Lake Cruises operate year round on Lake Windermere between Bowness, Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre, and Ambleside Pier. Ambleside Pier is just one mile walk from the Big Chill Swim venue, the Low Wood Bay Resort. 

On foot

Many options for winter trail walking are right outside the hotel door or enjoy a stroll along the lakeside path to Ambleside.


Local attractions

  • Windermere Lake Cruises
  • The Old Laundry Theatre
  • World of Beatrix Potter
  • Windermere Golf Club
  • Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House
  • Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum
  • Rydal Mount (Wordsworth's home)