Skip to Main Content
Book Now

Great North Swim Special - to/from Bowness

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


This special boat service runs on Friday 10 - Sunday 12 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 (PDF Download Map). 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 10 June

  • We depart Bowness at 10:15, 11:15, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45, 17:15, 17:45 (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, 17:45, 18:15 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.

🕑 Saturday 11 June

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

🕑 Sunday 12 June

  • We depart Bowness at 7:30, 8:30, 10:15, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 13:15, 13:45, 14:15, 14:45, 15:15 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.
  • We depart Brockhole at 8:00, 9:00, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 13:15, 13:45, 14;15, 14:45, 15:15. 15:45 (extra boats will be added if needed). The journey takes 20 minutes.

BOOK NOW

Swimmers setting off from 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 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.


A modern launch heading townards Brockhole

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 2nd April 2022 until Sunday 30th October 2022)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
AdultsChildren
£9.40£4.70

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 Bowness 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.

Book Your Cruise

Book Now
  • Bookings are limited to a maximum group size of six, a valid ticket must be purchased for every person traveling, including children of any age.
  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5-15 years old.
  • Infants (Under 5s) who can sit on a parents knee travel free.

We're sorry, this cruise isn't sailing today. Please contact the booking office for more information.

More information

Service Status

green

Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
🟡 YELLOW CRUISE
Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

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 ↻
✔️ 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 ↔ Ferry House❌ Sorry, not running
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot
❌ Sorry, not running

🕑: We are now running to our Summer timetable

Map

Load Map