The lake is open for swimmers for open water swimming and triathlon training...

It is recommended you wear a wetsuit while swimming in the lake in colder months. Tow floats & swim caps are required when water temperature is below 15°C or after sunset (lights also required after sunset). All swims must be pre-booked.

The lake is the size of an Olympic swimming pool with Beach type entry. Orange buoys mark a ~100m loop which can be swum clockwise, and swimmers can swim in the middle or at the edges of the lake.

THE LAKE TEMPERATURE

20°c
Last updated on 02/06/23

DAY OF THE WEEK

SWIM SESSION TIMES

MONDAY

9:00 – 12:00

1 hour SESSIONS

TUESDAY

9:00 – 12:00

1 hour SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY

9:00 – 16:00

1 hour SESSIONS

THURSDAY

9:00 – 16:00

1 hour SESSIONS

FRIDAY

9:00 – 16:00

1 hour SESSIONS

SATURDAY

8:30 – 10:45

45 minute SESSIONS



16:00 – 16:45

SUNDAY

8:30 – 10:00

45 minute SESSIONS



16:00 – 16:45

Water Quality

The water is tested regularly and the lake is filled up by its own bore hole.

Changing Facilities

Male and Female changing facilities with lockers & showers. There is also a unisex toilet and a disabled toilet on site. Please pay attention to information on showering after swimming.

Food and Catering

Café in reception area (with indoor seating at the end of the building) offers hot and cold drinks and food, including soup, toasties, jacket potatoes, bacon rolls, burgers and more.

Parking

Individual swimmers must please park in the lower car park (at the back of Andark), this is approximately a 300m walk, follow signs up the lane. Please do not drop off at the Lake. Disabled Parking is available on site, please notify us if require assistance.

SAVE UP TO £1 PER SWIM

10 OR 20 SWIM BLOCK CARDS

Buy a block of 10 or 20 swims and save up to £1 per swim!
This can be used on all general swim sessions, but not swim events.

BUY BLOCK SWIM

COLD WATER SWIMMING

ICE SWIM AT THE LAKE

Cold water swimming is enjoyable and has a number of potential benefits, however, there are also risks involved.

These include (but are not limited to) Cardiac Arrhythmias causing cardiac arrest from cold water immersion and swim failure from rapid onset hypothermia affecting muscle function. Swimmers can also experience cold water shock, cramp, swimmers will also experience ‘after drop’ where core body temperature drops after exiting the water and may last 15/20 minutes.

Cold water shock is the body’s reaction to sudden cold; it begins with a gasp reflex and continues with uncontrolled hyperventilation. It can occur in temperatures of 15 degrees C and lower, a particular risk is for those who submerge their face, where the body’s automatic response (breath holding) can conflict with the body’s cold shock response, which does the opposite (gasping) which can cause the heart to go into abnormal rhythms and lead to death.

Before taking part in cold water swimming, please Read and consider the COLD WATER SWIMMING SAFETY INFORMATION

IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Open water swimming experience is recommended, and is required when water temperature is below 15°. The lake is not lifeguarded. If you are new to Cold Water swimming, please read the advice given on the Cold Water Swimming Page. 

Our Staff might have to carry out Diving Safety Work at times.

Arrive 10 minutes before your start time. Parking is in main Andark Car Park behind the pool and then short walk up the Lane.

Changing rooms are open for restricted numbers. Please adhere to social distancing and give priority to those getting changed after their swim.

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