Swimmers in Great North Swim in Lake Windermere

Great North Swim 2018

Beat the crowds and the busy roads - travel by boat to the start/finish line.

We are pleased to be involved with the Great North Swim again this year, by providing transport solutions for swimmers and their supporters. Park in a quieter area around Lake Windermere and use our convenient boat service to get the start/finish line. This year the event is being held at Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre. See map

Each swimmer/competitor should have received a discount voucher which will entitle them to discount travel between Bowness, Ambleside or Wray Castle/Campsite to Brockhole (Great North Swim start/finish) on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June

Cost

  • A swimmer/competitor's return journey costs £4.  
  • In addition, up to 4 people can travel with the swimmer at the reduced rate of £6 (adults) or £4 (Child 5-15).

Friday 8 June

Bowness < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 20 mins one way

  • Sailings depart from 10:30am from Bowness Pier to Brockhole Pier (Start/finish) on Red route (launches marked in red will stop at Brockhole).
  • Last boat back is 6:40pm to Bowness (Via Ambleside)

Ambleside < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 15 mins one way

  • Sailings depart approx every 50 minutes from 9:50am from Ambleside (Waterhead Pier) to Brockhole (Start/finish) via Wray Castle on Green route.
  • Last boat back is 6:40pm to Ambleside on Red route.

Wray Castle < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 15 mins one way

  • Sailings depart approx every 50 minutes from 10:05am from Wray Castle to Brockhole (Start/finish) on Green Route.
  • Last boat back is 4:20pm to Wray Castle (Via Ambleside) on Green route.

Saturday 9 June

Bowness < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 20 mins one way

  • Sailings depart every 30 minutes from 8am from Bowness Pier to Brockhole Pier (Start/finish) on Red route.
  • Last boat back is 6pm to Bowness (Via Ambleside)

Ambleside < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 15 mins one way

  • Sailings depart approx every 30 minutes from 8am from Ambleside Pier (Waterhead) to Brockhole (Start/finish) on special shuttle service.(marked black on map)
  • Last boat back is 6pm to Ambleside on Red route.

Wray Castle < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 15 mins one way

  • Sailings depart roughly every 15 minutes from 7:30am until 8:30am, then 8:30am, 8:45am & 9am (special AM service) then approx every 50 minutes from 10:05am from Wray Castle to Brockhole (Start/finish) on the Green route
  • Last boat back is 4:20pm to Wray Castle (Via Ambleside) on Green route.

Swim/Run event

A special boat service will leave at 7am from Ambleside to take Swim/Run competitors to the start line. 


Sunday 10 June

Bowness < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 20 mins one way

  • Sailings depart every 30 minutes from 6.30am from Bowness Pier to Brockhole Pier (Start/finish) on Red route.
  • Last boat back is 5.20pm to Bowness (Via Ambleside)

Ambleside < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 15 mins one way

  • Sailings depart approx every 30 minutes from 6.30am from Ambleside (Waterhead Pier) to Brockhole (Start/finish) on special shuttle service.(marked black on map)
  • Last boat back is 6pm to Ambleside on Red route.

Wray Castle < > Brockhole (Start/finish) 15 mins one way

  • Sailings depart at 8:30am, 8:45am & 9am (special AM service) then approx every 50 minutes from 10:05am from Wray Castle to Brockhole (Start/finish) on the Green route
  • Last boat back is 4:20pm to Wray Castle (Via Ambleside) on Green route.

Travel map



 

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Not swimming or taking part?

More than 30,000 people will be either swimming or cheering on the competitors during the weekend of Friday 8 - Sunday 10 June. Although the event is well planned and additional transport/parking is available, the area around Brockhole - Lake District Visitor Centre including Bowness and Ambleside is likely to get extremely busy.

In addition, to the unusually large number of visitors, there are the following restrictions on transport:

We are advising customers who are visiting us over the weekend who aren't taking part in the swim to consider a day out at areas of the lake unaffected by the large amounts of people. Generally the southern half of Windermere will be much quieter, why not try the following on the Great North Swim weekend?


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