Open Water Swimming
Please note swimming in the lake is NOT permitted outside the park's organised sessions.
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 run three open 'pay as you swim' sessions per week with allcomers welcome to both. All we ask is that you can swim 400m freestyle without rest and be able to tread water easily.
Friday: 18.00-19.30 hrs
Saturday: 07.30 - 09.00hrs
Wednesday 7am-8am from June till the end of August
*2019 session dates will be added before the season start in April. Start dates are dependent on water temperatures.
Attending our sessions
To join one of our open water swim sessions you will need to complete a form and agree to our terms and conditions.
Click the 'register to swim' link below to register in advance. If you want to be included on the evenings register you need to complete your form by 4.30pm.
Forms will also be available on the bank - please arrive in plenty of time if completing on the day.
If you have already completed this form you will be asked whether you wish to opt in or out of the register at the beginning of the new season and won’t need to complete this form again.
The cost is £5.00 per adult & £2.50 per authorised Junior.
The pay & display car park fee will be waived for attendees of these pay as you play swims. Saturday morning swimmers can park for free until 9.30am. If staying past this time a parking ticket will need to be displayed.
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.
Go cashless and enjoy unlimited OWS sessions at the park with our annual season pass. Simply purchase below and your name will be added to our annual pass register.
Visit the park’s open water swim sessions as often as you like for a whole year*. There is no need for a membership card. Instead simply complete the short form and your information will be added to our register.
*Does not include the moonlit swim or Elite swim training sessions
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'.
View water test certificates
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.
Start and finish dates and any cancellations are published on our social media pages. You can also keep up to date by signing up to our email newsletter below.