Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Louise
Looking for an open water swimming venue in Worcestershire?
Open water swimming is becoming popular. There are open water swimming venues popping up anywhere. Whether you’re looking for a cold water swimming spot in the winter or want the best locations for summer swimming, we have all the details below.
Find the four best open water swimming venues in Worcestershire and times of sessions in 2024.
I have also listed other open water and outdoor swimming venues in and around the county too.
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Atzec Adventure, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove
The open water swimming at Aztec Adventure in Upton Warren, near Bromsgrove will start from Wednesday 8th May 2024 and run until Wednesday 23rd August!
Sessions are :
- Wednesday evenings 18:30 – 20:00
The course is around 400 metres in length. There are toilets, changing rooms and showers on site. All sessions are supervised with lifeguards on and off the water.
All bookings must be pre-booked. You can book here
They also run open water swimming courses including:
Introduction to Open Water Swimming
Improve Your Skills & Confidence -Open Water Swimming
If you have any questions you can contact the office on 01527 861426 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrow Valley Lake, Redditch
Arrow Valley Lake by Roland Turner / Flickr Creative Commons
Swim sessions are run at Arrow Valley Lake in Redditch by Worcester Triathlon Club. To attend a session you don’t need to be a triathlete as they are keen to encourage anybody who wants to try open water swimming to give it a go.
However, you will need to join Worcester Triathlon Club as an open water member for insurance purposes. This is only £10 for the whole season. Register here.
Most years the sessions run from May until September.
They take place every Monday & Fridays between 6pm – 7:30pm and each session costs £5.41 at the time of writing (£5 for the swim and a 41p admin fee).
Worcester Triathlon Club are a not for profit organisation and entirely run by volunteers. Every penny they make goes back into the sport (plus the club also supports St Richard’s Hospice as their chosen charity). The club are also committed to to make OW swimming accessible to all.
You can join the Worcester Triathlon Facebook Group for up to date information.
The Lenches Lakes, Evesham
Picture from Lenches Lakes Facebook page
The Lenches Lakes offer open water swimming sessions all year round.
They welcome swimmers varying from recreational to event swimmers, novice to advanced. The depth of the lake varies from 5 foot to fifteen hence it is important swimmers are confident.
Winter swim sessions 2024 are as follows:
Monday 17.30- 18.45
Tuesday and Thursday mornings 09:45- 11.00
Saturday 08:00 -09.15, and 09:45 – 11.00
You need to book in advance on the website. There is place for 30 swimmers at each session.
This is the only venue for winter open water swimming in Worcestershire. Please note if you want to swim here during the winter, it’s a requirement to have completed a 2 hour winter swim session course that are run onsite.
The Lenches also run a number of other courses throughout the year. At the time of writing they offer Chill Therapy courses. Courses run from April 1st through to September. They are fully guided open water swim sessions to naturally help manage anxiety and depression. It’s a safe opportunity to improve your physical and mental health whilst giving you the information and skills you require to keep you safe wherever you embrace the Chill!
University of Worcester, Lakeside Campus
Photo from Lakeside Campus Facebook page
The Lakeside Campus at the University of Worcester offers open water swim sessions from the May to the end of July.
The course is perfect for beginners just starting out as well as more experienced triathlete. The 1.6m lake has a 650m circuit.
Experienced & qualified lifeguards are always on hand to ensure safety and robust management and testing systems ensure that the lake is prepared for your swim.
They also offer open water coaching sessions on a 1-2-1 or small group basis during regular sessions. They offer sessions for everyone, whether you are new to open water and venturing out of the pool for the first time or want to chase quicker times for competitions.
The sessions run as follows:
Monday and Thursday 6pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-10am
You can book online.
The bookings aren’t tied to a particular date so you can be flexible as to when you attend. There is the option to buy a single swim, block of five or block of ten.
It’s worth keeping an eye on the Facebook page as they aren’t open on some bank holidays and staff training days.
Other Places To Swim Outdoors in Worcestershire and The Surrounding Area
Droitwich Spa Lido
Based in Droitwich, Worcestershire the lido isn’t open water swimming as such but it is swimming outdoors. They are open all year round with a winter and summer swim timetable. Find out more and book online.
Upper Bittell Reservoir with BRAT, Barnt Green, Bromsgrove
You can swim at Upper Bittell Reservoir on Thursday evenings but you have to be a member of BRAT which is the Birmingham Running Athletics Triathlon Club. It’s not open to non members. However if you run or partake in triathlons you may be interested in joining the club and swimming with them too. Sessions take place on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 7.30pm. The course is 500m. It’s best to contact the club and see what they are doing for the 2024 session before you join. Find out more on the BRAT website.
Netherton Open Water Swimming
Netherton open water swimming is located at Lodge Farm Reservoir in Netherton, Dudley, home to Dudley Water Sports Centre just a mile away from Merry Hill Shopping Centre.
Sessions take place all year round on Saturday morning. In May to September swim you can swim on Monday evening as well. To swim you will need to sign up to Nowca online for insurance purposes.
Find out more at Netherton Open Water Swimming
Midlands Open Water Swimming, Tamworth
Midlands Open water swimming is based in Kingsbury, Tamworth.
It’s a privately owned lake which is beautiful. You need to pay £20 insurance to book swim sessions in the lake. After that it costs £7 per session. The sessions take place at 6pm on Wednesdays and 11am on Saturday mornings during the summer.
They also run swimming lessons.
Dotshill Quarry, Tamworth
Dotshill Quarry in Tamworth offers magnesium packed water and a picturesque location.
At the time of writing you can swim on Wednesday and Friday evenings but they are open at other times as well. Check the website for dates and times. There are also opportunities to do full moon swims.
You have to register on the website before you swim. It’s free to do so. Then book swims online. They are open for cold water swimming in the winter as well as for open water swimming during the summer.
Cliff Lakes, Tamworth
If you want to try open water swimming in Tamworth, you’re spoiled for choice as Cliff Lakes is another option of outdoor swimming in the area.
It’s the Midlands largest open water venue. There’s changing rooms, eco friendly showers and a free swimmers tea and coffee after your swim.
There are two different courses 250m and 500m. Obviously the shorter course is great for beginners. The swimming area is fully lifeguarded with a rescue boat to respond to incidents.
Cliff Lakes welcomes all swimmers from beginners to experienced triathletes. The site hosts regular events including ladies only swims and triathlon coaching. There is also the option of cold water swimming from November to March on Saturday mornings between 10am and 11am
Check the Cliff Lakes website to to see up to date swim session times and to book.
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