Bristol's hidden outdoor swimming lake will 'slowly' reopen from next week.

Henleaze Lake is a popular members-only spot for swimming and diving and was closed at the start of lockdown.

The executive committee announced on Facebook that they have been assessing and reviewing how it can reopen safely.

Before opening its doors at the start of June, the club needs to carry out essential operational tasks.


  • Re-training staff in light of the epidemic

  • Obtaining the correct PPE

  • Grounds preparation

  • Implementing social distancing measures at the lake

  • Testing that measures are adequate to keep members and staff safe

People have been taking a dip at Henleaze for decades.

The lake which is tucked away in the suburbs of Bristol spans a quarter of a mile long and is the only one of its type in the country.

People have been taking a dip at Henleaze for decades.

When it plans to reopen from next week, only a small group of members will be able to book sessions.

After the small group trial the social distancing measures, it will then be further assessed whether all members can re-visit.