PETER'S OUTDOOR POOLS PAGE
Swimming in Fresh Air - an enthusiasts
For those who enjoy public open air swimming, the last few years have been dismal and prospects
are poor. In spite of local interest and campaigns, many pools have been closed or converted
into indoor pools often as swimming entertainment centres complete with palm trees. Several
pools have been lost (for ever) in the last 10 years in Beds, Herts and Bucks. The ones that
remain are precious establishments.
The enjoyment of outdoor swimming, particularly on fine days, goes back to childhood. Indeed
one of the pleasures is the sound of children really enjoying themselves in healthy physical
exercise. Outdoor swimming is a happy experience with a freedom not possible indoors. In the
best of them, refreshments and sun bathing lawns are strong attractions. Fug-free air is a
Are their days nearly over?. Surprisingly, many are surviving often supported by keen
supporters and enlightened councils. The key issue would seem to be an economic one. Many pools
loose money but they can be subsidised by other activities such as gyms. In some areas there
are few activities for children at all; an outdoor pool can be a godsend for mum and dad.
The following survey is designed to help like-minded swimmers to locate facilities and, where possible,
to offer support and help. Outdoor pools do not usually need publicity since they are packed
out when the temperatures soar. It is in cooler weather that support is needed. Lake and river
swimming (official and un-official) is still possible and preferred by many.
Sites are limited in the home counties, it would be useful to exchange information.
Further information, comments or help would be welcome
Compiled 2001 Peter White
Register of outdoor swimming pools open to the
public in Beds, Bucks and Herts
(may not be complete or up to date. Compiled 2001)
||Moor Road, Chesham, Bucks
||Church End, Eversholt, Beds
||Park Rd., Hemel Hempstead, Herts
||Holywell Mead, Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe Bucks
||Fishponds Rd, Hitchin, Herts
||High Street, Hoddesdon, Herts
||Icknield Way, Letchworth, Herts SG
||New Market Rd, Royston, Herts SG
||Crawley Rd, Woburn, Beds MK
||Aylesbury St West, Wolverton, Bucks
|I have also swum in some of the following outdoor pools, others
are rumoured to exist, many are likely to have closed since the survey was carried out
(2001). Updates welcome.
Hatch End -
Oasis (Holborn) -
St Neots -