Registration and the safety brief will take place at at the Ambleside Parish Centre, Ambleside.


17:30 - 18:30 Registration, kit inspections
19:00 Safety Brief

SATURDAY 7TH october

07:45 Athletes' Bus departs from the Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere. Arrive with time to leave your drop bags in the store
08:00 Athletes' Bus departs from Rydal Road car park, Ambleside. Your drop bag will be loaded on the coach if you are boarding at Ambleside
08:45 Athletes' Bus drop off at the start location at Brown Howe, Coniston Water
08:55 Teams fully assembled at the start line
09:00 Breca Coniston start
18:00 Prize giving at the Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere
18:10 Post race social


Getting there

We suggest that competitors stay either in Grasmere, where the races finishes, or in Ambleside, a 15 minute drive from Grasmere and where registration and the safety brief will be held.

Ambleside is easily reached by road, being the hub of the area's road system, 20 miles from the M6 motorway. It is served by several bus services, including National Express. Rail travel is to Windermere, four miles away with easy bus and taxi access. There is a direct Manchester Airport/Windermere rail link.

By Car

The average journey time from London and the south east is about five hours. It takes about one and half hours from Manchester and two hours from York.

The M6 runs to the east of the Lake District National Park:

  • Take Junction 36 and then A590 for the southern end of the Lake District

Even A roads can be quite twisting so allow extra time for your journey and for finding a space in Car parks in high season. 

By air

Manchester is the nearest airpot.

Useful public transport links


We suggest that competitors book accommodation either in Grasmere near the race finish or in Ambleside. Registration and the safety brief will be held in Ambleside; the bag drop, race finish and post-race party will be in Grasmere.

October is a busy time in the Lake District so accommodation will be in demand. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Registration will take place between 17:30 and 18:30 on Friday 6th October at the Ambleside Parish Centre, Ambleside. Please ensure you have photo identification, the mandatory equipment and that your wetsuits and trainers are clean and dry. Teams will be issued with their race vests and swim caps during registration.


The Safety Brief will be held at 19:00 on Friday 6th October at the Ambleside Parish Centre, Ambleside. Teams who have not attended the Safety Brief will not be allowed to start.

drop bags

Drop bags will be collected from the athletes' buses. They will be available for collection close to the finish line at the Dale Lodge Hotel in Grasmere. 

RACE START & FINISH, athletes' buses

We have organised Athlete's buses to the race start. The coaches are mandatory as parking at the race start is limited.

You will need to board the buses to the race start changed and ready to race (wetsuits, trainers, swimrun vests, reusable cups and whistles). There are no changing facilities at the race start.Teams will be driven by coach to the race starts.  

The coaches will depart from the Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere, at 07:45am and Rydal Road car park, Ambleside, at 08:00am.

Please be seated on the coaches five minutes before the departure time to avoid missing the transfer. If you miss the coach there are no alternative arrangements in place - you will miss the race.


We use cut off times to make sure that everyone completes the race safely and before dark. Cut offs are also critical for our safety plan for boats and the medical team. Consequently, cut off times will be strictly enforced. If you miss a cut off and continue to race you will be disqualified from this and all future Breca Swimrun events.

Cut off times are enforced at checkpoints. Times are listed below.

BRECA coniston Checkpoints AND nutrition

There are five checkpoints on the Breca Coniston course, viewable on the Course Map.

START: Brown Howe, Coniston | 09:00

  • Hydration (water)

Checkpoint 1:

  • Sunny Bank | 5.8km from start | 10:55 cut off
  • Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Oranges | Pretzels

Checkpoint 2:

  • Monk Coniston car park | 12.8km from start | 12:30 cut off
  • Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Bananas | Gels | New potatoes

Checkpoint 3:

  • Lonningarth | 18.4km from start | 13:30 cut off
  • Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Oranges | Sweets | New potatoes

Checkpoint 4:

  • Red Nab Car Park | 26km from start | 14:55 cut off
  • Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Bananas | Gels | Pretzels

Checkpoint 5:

  • Pelter Bridge Car Park | 35.1km from start | 16:50 cut off
  • Hydration (water and electrolyte) | Oranges | Sweets | New potatoes


  • Dale Lodge Hotel | 41.2km from start
  • Hydration (water and electrolyte)


The courses are fully marked.