WATCH: Lewis Pugh completes mammoth channel swim from Land's End to Dover

Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh has completed his 560 kilometer swim along the length of the English Channel from Land's End to Dover.

The 48-year-old, who is estimated to have made more than 500 000 strokes across 49 days, was accompanied to the finish line on Shakespeare Beach by dozens of supporters from a local swimming club.

"We really need to take the health of our oceans very very seriously," he told the welcoming crowd.