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Please see below for the 2021 event day timetable*:

Time Distance
Friday 11 June 2021  
Friday 10:00 Information point opens
Friday 12:00 - 13:00 10k swim
Friday 12:00 - 14:00 5k swim
Friday 14:00 - 16:00 2 mile swim
Friday 14:00 - 17:00 1 mile swim
Friday 16:00 - 18:00 Half mile swim
Friday 16:30 - 18:30 Swim250

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


Please see below for the 2021 event day timetable:

Time Distance
Saturday 12 June 2019  
Saturday 7:00 Information point opens
Saturday 09:00 - 10:00 Half mile swim
Saturday 09:30 - 12:30 1 mile swim
Saturday 12:30 - 15:00 1 mile swim
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00 Swim250

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


Please see below for the 2021 event day timetable:

Time Distance
Sunday 13 June 2019  
Sunday 7:00 Information point opens
Sunday 07:30 - 09:00 10k swim
Sunday 07:30 - 09:00 5k swim
Sunday 09:30 - 12:30 2 mile swim
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00 1 mile swim
Sunday 11:00 - 15:30 Half mile swim
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00 Swim250

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



Due to the ongoing restrictions in place to protect us all, the travel guidance for this year’s John West Great North Swim looks very different to previous years. We very strongly advise you to plan your travel as soon as you can, 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.

There are a limited number of on-site parking places available to book at Brockhole on Windermere on Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June, at a cost of £20 per day. To book, click on a link below:

Book on-site parking

Friday 11 June NOW FULL

Saturday 12 June NOW FULL

Book parking on Sunday 13 June

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 from site). Local charges apply (£8 per day).

Park and Walk

A pre bookable car park is available a short distance North of Ambleside on Ambleside Showground at Rydal Farm. This option is a 3.5 mile walk to the event location at Brockhole on Windermere, so we would encourage you to park and cycle to the venue where there will be temporary cycle racks available for locking up your bike. 

In addition, if you’d prefer not to walk or cycle, there is the option of booking a place on the bus service. Further details can be found under Bus Travel.

There are a limited number of parking spaces available to book on Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June at a cost of £8 per day. To book, click on one of the links below:

Book Parking

Book parking on Friday 11 June

Book parking on Saturday 12 June

Book parking on 13 June

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Park and Cycle

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.

The service operates every 20 minutes, and the buses in use will largely be open top double deckers, allowing for the greatest capacity in a covid-secure manner. Contactless payment on the buses will be available on the day.

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Bus Travel

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises have carried a huge number of our swimmers and their friends and families over recent years, however due to the pandemic the services will operate slightly differently this year. Ferries will be only available to those that have pre-booked on the Windermere Lake Cruises website, where family bubbles can book up to 6 seats.

Much like an airline or train ticket, you must specify the departure and return times of your ferry at the point of booking and these will not be changeable on the day. 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.

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Ferry travel

There will be ample cycle parking at the event site, and we would encourage anyone to come on bike if they can. 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 and pop your hand up, and one of our safety team will make their way to you to check everything is ok.