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Great North Swim Special - Ambleside Start

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

This special boat service runs on Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 June 2023 between Ambleside (Waterhead) and Brockhole - the start/finish line of The Great North Swim.

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

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A small map of the route between Ambleside Waterhead & Brockhole

Boat departures

🕑 Saturday 8 June

  • We depart Ambleside (Waterhead) at 7:45, 8:45, 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45. The journey takes 20 minutes.
  • We depart Brockhole at 8:15, 9:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15. The journey takes 20 minutes.

🕑 Sunday 9 June

  • We depart Ambleside (Waterhead) at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00. The journey takes 20 minutes.
  • We depart Brockhole at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:03. The journey takes 20 minutes.

Swimmers prepare for departure at Brockhole

Ticketed Seating
To ensure that everyone can get to/from the start/finish these boats have ticketed seating.

  • Choose from either a single or return journey from either Ambleside or Brockhole.
  • 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.


A modern launch heading townards Brockhole

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 23rd March 2024 until Sunday 3rd November 2024)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
AdultsChildren
£12.00£6.00

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.

This ticket can be used to start from either Ambleside or Brockhole. Choose a single or return ticket. Launches (smaller boats) are marked in red on the timetable below.

⚠ Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time for your booking, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5-15 years old.
  • Infants (Under 5s) who can sit on a parents knee travel free.

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Service Status

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Saturday 18 May - ASICS Windermere Marathon

Temporary road closures (northbound) are in place from 10:30am to 4:30pm between Newby Bridge and Bowness piers (A592), plus the Ambleside area will be very busy.
Please leave plenty of time for your journey to our piers and hire points on Saturday 18 May.

View road closures document (PDF)

Today's Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → W'Mere Jetty Museum →Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟡 YELLOW CRUISEBowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness → Bowness

✔️ Services OK
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

✔️ Services OK

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

✔️ Services OK

🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAINHaverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside

✔️ Services OK

🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk → Ash Landing → Bowness✔️ Services OK
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

✔️ Services OK

🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

✔️ Services OK

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ash Landing✔️ Services OK
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot⚠️ Starts 25 May

🕑: We are now running to our peak season timetable.