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Great North Swim Special

An easy way to get to the start/finish line of the Great North Swim


This special boat service runs on Friday 11 - Sunday 13 June 2021 between Bowness and Brockhole - the start/finish line of the John West Great North Swim.

With a direct service between Bowness ↔ Brockhole, swimmers and spectators can enjoy a hassle-free park & ride service between the many car parks around Bowness. Beat the crowds and limited parking at Brockhole by using this special boat service.

🏊 Looking for an Ambleside (Waterhead) shuttle service?

A small map of the route between Bowness & Brockhole

Boat departures

🕑 Friday 11 June

  • We depart Bowness at 10:15, 11:15, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.
  • We depart Brockhole at 10:45, 11:45, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.

🕑 Saturday 12 June

  • We depart Bowness at 7:45, 8:45, 9:45, 10:15, 11:15, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.
  • We depart Brockhole at 8:15, 9:15, 10:15, 10:45, 11:45, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.

🕑 Sunday 13 June

  • We depart Bowness at 7:45, 8:45, 9:45, 10:15, 11:15, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.
  • We depart Brockhole at 8:15, 9:15, 10:15, 10:45, 11:45, 13:15, 14:15 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.

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Swimmers setting off from Brockhole

Ticketed Seating
To keep everyone safe on board and to maintain a good distance between all customers, all our boats have ticketed seating.

  • Choose from either a single or return journey from either Bowness or Ambleside.
  • You must book a seat for the outward and return legs of your journey for everyone in your group.
  • Infants (under 3s) who don't need a seat (who can travel on a parents knee) can travel for free.


seating plans of the vessels

On the boat

  • Choose between indoor or outdoor seating when booking. Your colour-coded seat will be allocated to you and clearly marked on your e-ticket.
  • Coloured seating zones and our friendly staff will guide you to your seats when boarding the boat.
  • Every person on board needs a seat (except under 3s who sit on a parents knee).
  • This service is operated by modern launches - Miss Cumbria I, II & IV

💺: View the seating plans for all of our vessels

A modern launch heading townards Brockhole

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 27th March 2021 until Sunday 31st October 2021)

AdultsChildren
£5.00£2.50

Additional Information

Beat the crowds with a special park & ride boat service to the Great North Swim.

Beat the crowds with a special park & ride boat service to the Great North Swim.

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Service Status

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Beat the crowds

Service Status

🔴 RED SERVICE Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
🔴 RED SERVICE & BROCHOLE
Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟡 YELLOW SERVICE
Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

🟤 YELLOW SERVICE & STEAM TRAIN
Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness
✔️ Services OK
🟣 FULL LAKE
Ambleside Waterhead ↔ Bowness ↔ Lakeside
✔️ Services OK
🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻
✔️ Services OK


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