Since 1919 Henleaze Swimming Club in North Bristol has served as a haven of solitude for those who enjoy freshwater swimming, springboard or high diving, sunbathing or simply a quiet rest in the open air.

Situated in the heart of the Bristol suburb of Henleaze, only a mile from the Downs and three miles from the city centre, this former quarry is surrounded by lawns and beautiful trees. The Lake is about four hundred metres long and between thirty and sixty metres wide, with a steep rock face on one side and a wooded bank on the other. Part of the Lake is used for swimming and part for fishing.

The swimming end provides 125 metres of deep spring water for those who prefer to swim outdoors. The average depth is approximately three metres increasing to six metres under the diving area. There are two springboards and two fixed diving boards (5 metres and 7.5 metres)

The Lake is fed by spring water, and is surrounded by trees including willow, ash, oak, birch and sycamore. Wildflower species include ladysmock, red campion, cranesbill, cow parsley, ox-eye daisy, yellow flag and a variety of water lilies. Birdlife includes moorhens, mallards, sparrow hawks and kingfishers, and the occasional visit from herons and other water birds.

Henleaze Lake is a designated EU Bathing Water site.

2015 Renewals and Waiting List

Please note we are no longer accepting new full and renewal membership applications from 2014 as the closing date has now passed. The waiting list for membership is now closed. Please revisit the website in May 2016 for details of joining the waiting list/weekday membership

Bathing water quality at the Lake
2015 Events
2015 Trustees Report
Leaving a legacy to the Lake

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Club History


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