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Since 1919 Henleaze Swimming Club in North Bristol has offered open water swimming, springboard or high diving in beautiful surroundings.

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. The swimming area varies throughout the year; from 70 metres in the winter to 220 metres in high summer.  

The average depth of the Lake is approximately three metres increasing to six metres under the diving area. There is a springboard and two fixed diving boards (5 metres and 7.5 metres). There is a sauna to warm up in before or after your swim. 

The lake is only suitable for competent swimmers and passing a 50-metre swimming test is an essential requirement for membership.

Henleaze Lake is a designated UK Bathing Water site.

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Guest Information Sheet

Lake Water Temperature

5th July 2024 - water temperature is currently 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit)


The recent results for testing of blue-green algae confirm that levels have reduced but we need to remain vigilant. We will actively watch for and disperse algae scums, using the aerator overnight and update you if reported levels change.

Water Fern (Azolla filiculoides)

There is an aggressive non-native plant called Water Fern (Azolla filiculoides) at the Lake, this can spread very rapidly, disrupting the nature and quality of the water.

Please CHECK, CLEAN and DRY your swim kit (ideally having just one costume for the Lake). This is especially important if you are swimming in other outdoor sites, to not only ensure no other invasive species are bought to the Lake,  but also to ensure that we minimise the spread of the water fern to other sites.
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Water Fern (Azolla filiculoides)

Swimming Membership
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Swimming Opening Times
Summer and winter swimming Opening times
Water Quality
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WIder Usage
If you are a group you may be able to use or visit the Lake