Windermere, Lake District
10 June 2022

Great North Swim



2022 event day timetable*:

Time Distance Swim Hat/Wave Colour
Friday 10 June    
Friday 11:00  Information point opens  
Friday 13:00 10k swim Red
Friday 13:45 5k swim Green
Friday 15:00 2 mile swim Pink
Friday 16:00 1 mile swim Yellow
Friday 16:30 1 mile swim Orange
Friday 17:00 Half mile swim White
Friday 17:30 Swim250 Red

*Please Note. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event


2022 event day timetable*:

Time Distance Swim Hat/Wave Colour
Saturday 11 June    
Saturday 7:30 Information point opens  
Saturday 09:30 Half mile swim Red
Saturday 10:00 Half mile swim Green
Saturday 10:30 1 mile swim Pink
Saturday 11:00 1 mile swim Yellow
Saturday 11:30 1 mile swim Orange
Saturday 12:30 1 mile swim Red
Saturday 13:00 1 mile swim Green
Saturday 13:30 1 mile swim Pink
Saturday 14:00 1 mile swim Yellow
Saturday 14:30 Swim 250 Orange
Saturday 15:00 Swim 250 White

*Please Note. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event


2022 event day timetable*:

Time Distance Swim Hat/Wave Colour
Sunday 12 June    
Sunday 7:30 Information point opens  
Sunday 09:00 10k swim Red
Sunday 09:00 5k swim Green
Sunday 09:45 2 mile swim Pink
Sunday 10:30 2 mile swim Yellow
Sunday 11:30 1 mile swim Orange
Sunday 12:00 1 mile swim White
Sunday 12:30 Half mile swim Red
Sunday 13:00 Swim 250 Green

*Please Note: All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event.



We very strongly advise you to plan your travel in advance, as many options are pre-bookable only and will sell out. There will be a drop off and pick up turning circle at the venue. To ensure there are no delays on the road network there will be strictly no waiting on site.

Parking on road sides and verges is strictly forbidden, and the police would like to remind participants that any cars that are parked in these areas may incur penalty charge notices or be towed away. Please be considerate to other participants, residents and tourists and park responsibly.

One of the simplest options will be to walk to the event site, however parking options are limited close to the venue and others may involve walking a reasonable distance.

On-site parking places at Brockhole on Windermere have now sold out.

On-site parking

Friday Parking FULL
Saturday Parking FULL
Sunday Parking FULL


Limited pay and display parking is also available at Waterhead Car Parks (35 mins walking time from site), and Ambleside Car Parks (45 mins walking time and 15-20 mins cycle from site). Local charges apply (£8 per day).

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Park and Walk

A public Stagecoach bus service is available and stops at the entrance to the event venue. The 599 / 555 / 505 bus services operates from Bowness and Windermere in the South and from Ambleside in the North.

Participants travelling to Brockhole for the Great North Swim can buy a Central Lakes Group Dayrider for £15 rather than the usual £24. Valid from Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere or indeed anywhere in the Central Lakes area, the ticket will allow you and up to 4 other people travelling together to get there and back. If you've got enough energy after your swim why not explore the local area as the ticket is valid all day. Simply show the driver your swim hat to take advantage of this fantastic discount. Look out for the famous 599 open top buses which give you a great view of all the lakes has to offer.

Bus Travel

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises have carried a huge number of our swimmers and their friends and families over recent years. Pre-bookable tickets for the direct shuttle service from Bowness or Ambleside to Brockhole are now available to book via the Windermere Lake Cruises website here. 

Much like an airline or train ticket, you must specify the departure times of your ferry at the point of booking. Please aim to arrive at the event site 60 minutes before your wave start time, and allow plenty of time after your swim to change and enjoy some food and drink on site, before you head home.

Ferry travel

 This will undoubtedly be one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel, with the added benefit of avoiding queues and allowing you to travel exactly when you want to. If you live or are staying locally this would be a great option for you.  

Cycle hire is available in Bowness and Ambleside, as well as from National Trust campsites in the area.


Water Safety


We just want to reassure you that you are in very safe hands while taking part in your swim. We have lots of fully trained water safety kayakers, lifeguards and boats monitoring you all the way around, so you're never far from some friendly support.

If you find yourself struggling, or in need of a little breather, just lay on your back or tread water and pop your hand up, and one of our safety team will make their way to you to check everything is ok. We have plenty of safety craft on the water and someone will reach you as quickly as possible.

Wetsuit Policy

Wetsuit use is optional at all Great Swim events for water temperatures of 15C or above. Swimmers choosing not to wear a wetsuit MUST use an approved high visibility tow float, swimmers wearing wetsuits can also choose to swim with a tow float. This only applies to swimmers aged over 16 years old. Swimmers aged under 16 will be required to wear a wetsuit.