Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park

Ever get fed up with staring at the lines in the bottom of the pool?

Our lake is man made, a maximum depth of 7ft and a sandy bottom with no weeds. Being comparatively shallow to other lakes it also gets very warm with our thermometers reading a top temperature of 28 degrees at the height of summer.

The current main lake water temperature is 10c | checked 25/10/19

The main swim season usually runs through from mid April to late Sept/early Oct and is temperature (minimum 11 degrees) and light dependent.

Open Swim Times

Mornings: 9:00 – 10:00 Every morning excluding Mondays (but does run on a Monday morning during School Holidays and Bank Holidays). Evenings: Monday and Wednesday 17:00 – 19:30

**The last evening swim session will be Weds 30th Oct 2019. Weekend swim sessions will still continue from 9am – 10am**


Membership: £20.00 per season + £3.00 per swim Non-members: £5.00 per swim

We have general activity wetsuits to hire at £5 and a small selection of wetsuits designed for open water swimming to purchase, please contact reception for current details. Membership benefits include:
  • Membership Card
  • Reduced swim fee
  • 10% discount on water sports
  • Dedicated Swim Forum

The Course

Accessing the lake from the slip way you can join the 400m course with fluorescent markers buoys every 100m.


We provide safety cover from the powered rescue launch for the duration of the swim sessions. We ask that all swimmers wear brightly coloured swim caps to aid the safety boat crew identifying swimmers while operating. Further most parts of the course are fairly close to the bank, if you cant already stand up, and there’s plenty of places to perch and catch your breath again.


Advice and support for beginner swimmers available. Coached sessions available for all levels of open water swimmers and triathletes. Please contact us for further details. There are hot showers and a lovely cafe (closes 5pm) and wetsuit hire can be arranged. Registration at reception is essential before entering the water please – and don’t forget to sign out afterwards!
Fishing Lake

Fishing Lake

The fishing lake is set with in the peaceful grounds of Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, surrounded by mature woodland.

Group Activities

Group Activities

We offer a range of group activities which can be tailor made to suit your group’s requirements.

New for 2018


It’s loads of fun, a great workout, and most importantly, anyone can do it because it’s easy to learn.



We hire out Sailing boats in two hour slots, these can be fully rigged ready for use, or assisted rigging if the hirer wishes to rig the boat.

Popular with families

Popular with families

Popular with families, particularly those with younger children, a Pedalo is very stable and simple to use.

Canadian Catarmaran

Canadian Catarmaran

This craft consists of two Open Canoes braced and lashed together side by side, perfectly stable with four comfortable roto-moulded seats.

Sit On Top & Closed

Sit On Top & Closed

Sit on Top Kayaks are smaller single person craft and Closed Cockpit Kayaks are available.

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