Why not cycle to the park, swim in the lake, and then take advantage of Parkrun and compete in your own mini triathlon every Saturday!

Open water swimming runs from April-September, water temperature depending.  

We will be running two open 'pay as you swim' sessions this year, with allcomers welcome to both.  All we ask is that you can swim 400m freestyle without rest and be able to tread water easily. 

There is a simple form to fill in on arrival at your first session.

*Please note there is no swimming in the lake permitted outside the park's organised sessions.

Sessions run every Friday & Saturday as follows...

Friday: 18.00-19.30 hrs (starting Friday 20th April 2018)

Saturday: 07.30 - 09.00hrs (starting Saturday 21st April 2018)

New for 2018: Wednesday 7am-8am June 6th-end of August

Session Info

The cost is £5.00 per adult & £2.50 per authorised Junior.

The pay & display car parking fee will be waived for attendees of these pay as you play swims this year. You will be given a car park pass on your 1st session that will cover the remainder of this current 2017 season (applies to our open water swim sessions only).

  • Wetsuits will be compulsory up to water temperature of 16 degrees. (excluding any of our signed up channel swimmers).
  • Brightly coloured swim hats compulsory.
  • Swimmers must follow any instructions from staff, including using the designated swim area & circulation pattern on the day.
  • Safety cover will be provided by way of a SUP, canoe or powered boat during the swim session.


Todd's Pit is the smallest of our two lakes and is used for a variety of water sports and activities.  The water is safe, sheltered and regularly tested to ensure its quality.  Our water exceeds the UK standards recommended for bathing water and has been rated 'excellent'.  
You can see our latest test certificate here.

Coached Sessions

If you would like coaching to improve your technique our partner Elite Swimming Academy offer 1/2 day technique clinics, 1:1 sessions and pool based swimming coaching.  Their coached open water swim sessions run on Wednesday evenings at the park from 6.15pm (arrive 6pm) - 7.15pm and cost £10 per person.

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