Open Water Swimming (SW London)

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23/07/2012 at 08:08

Does anyone have any good recommendations?

I am near Tooting so the lido is fantastic but am having muddy water/fish/weed/swan poo withdrawal symptoms.

I went to Reading earlier in the season as have friends there to manage my regular wobbles partway round the course but would like something a bit closer and (ideally) public transport accessible.

23/07/2012 at 09:17

Have you looked at


23/07/2012 at 09:33

Hampstead Heath has open water "pools" and if you can swim in the Serpentine subject to joining the relevant club I believe.

Apparently you can swim at the princes club - OH has done, so but I think it is closing down (or may have already closed down - I am going to Bedfont on Saturday so can find out if you like):


23/07/2012 at 11:26

Shepperton is brilliant and not too far from Tooting.  Open on weekend mornings, Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Wednesday morning!

Here's their web site:

Get a train to Shepperton and it's either a shot walk or a quicker cycle!  They also hire wet suits if you forget / don't take your own!

£5 a session, nice beach to walk in, friendly helpful staff and a warm shower afterwards at the next door sailing club!  Tea and coffee are available, just no bacon butties!!    

23/07/2012 at 11:35
I second Shepperton, very nice lake to swim in.
23/07/2012 at 14:22

Shepperton, or even Dachet lake which is also nice.

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