Plan your visit

Opening times

Clevedon Marine Lake is open 24/7 almost every day of the year. No need to book. Please check the calendar before you visit to avoid disappointment.

Parking

You can park in the Salthouse Fields pay and display car park BS21 7TU There are six disabled parking bays.

Disabled Access

Clevedon Marine Lake is surrounded by a smooth, wide concrete path. To get down to the water’s edge, there are wide ramps at either of the lake. The ramps have metal handrails on both sides. To get into the water, there are wide steps with handrails.

Book and pay

Clevedon Marine Lake is open access. You don’t need to book. Please check the calendar for busy times and closures. The lake is run by a charity. Please donate every time you visit, join our lottery or become a lake member.

Leave your dog at home

Dogs around the lake pose a very serious risk to human health. Even if you pick up after your dog, germs from their wee and poo can get into the water and make people sick. The worm, flea and tick treatment on their skin can also get into the water. You can take your dog to Little Harp beach instead.

Swimming for everyone

People of any age and fitness can enjoy swimming, dipping and playing in the water. The water is shallow around the edges and deep by the sea wall. There are no tides or currents, but the water is cold.

There are no lifeguards so swim at your own risk. Please read up on swim safety before your visit. 

Swim safe

  • Look after children and non/weak swimmers
  • Do not dive or jump from the edge
  • You can jump from the ‘pontoon’ or platform in the middle of the lake
  • Do not walk on the sea wall – it is very slippery and the drop on the other side is deadly
  • The slipway is also very slippery so please do not walk on it

Swimmers' code

Follow the swimmers’ code for safe and happy swimming:

  • No diving
  • Give way to swimmers coming out of the lake before you get in
  • Wear a brightly coloured swim hat
  • Fast/lap swimmers swim up and down the sea wall
  • Respect other lake users

Shared use

Clevedon Marine Lake is open to swimmers, paddle-boarders and kayakers. Clubs and coaches also use the lake – check the calendar for times. 

When the boats are on the lake, please:

  • Wear a brightly colour hat
  • Do not swim near the boats
  • When the sailing club cadets are on the water stay down the Salthouse end of the lake and do not swim near the boats – the cadets are learning how to control their craft.

Tips for cold water

The water can be very cold at any time of the year. To avoid getting into danger, please:

  • Don’t jump or dive in
  • Get out before you get too cold
  • Wrap up warmly after your swim
  • Don’t drink alcohol and swim
  • Swim with a friend

Clevedon has a big swimming community. Join the swimmers’ Facebook page to find out more. To find out how to swim safely in cold water read these top tips from an outdoor swimming coach.

Find a swim coach

Our swim coaches offer lessons and groups to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

To find a coach and join a session, please visit our clubs and coaches page, choose a coach and get in touch with them directly.

If you want to run a club or lessons at Clevedon Marine Lake, please contact us: hire@clevedonmarinelake.co.uk

Water Quality

We test the lake’s water quality through the summer. If the red flag is flying it means that the water is not safe to swim in. We will also update the home page and blog.

Events

We run events for casual and serious swimmers.

Please watch this space for upcoming events.

Bring your boat or SUP

We welcome paddleboards, kayaks and canoes on our lake. You can also sail your model boat on our model boat lake.

Please no windsails, kite surfing or motorised boats.

Hire from us

We have a community fleet that we hire to clubs and organisations. This includes:

  • 8 Oppie dinghies
  • 2 Pico advanced training dinghies
  • 7 kayaks
  • 2 open, Canadian style canoes

If you want to hire them, please contact either Clevedon Sailing Club or Clevedon Canoe Club. Thanks to kind donations from YANSEC (sailing dinghies) and Palm Equipment International Ltd. (kayaks).

Join in

Learn how to sail, kayak, canoe and paddleboard with one of our clubs (see below).

If you run a club and would like to use the lake, please contact hire@clevedonmarinelake.co.uk

Clevedon Canoe Club

CCC runs instructed paddling sessions on Clevedon Marine Lake for children aged 8 and above. Your child will learn and improve their canoeing and kayaking skills on a range of craft including sit on tops, kayaks and open canoes.

Bath Paddleboard

Bath Paddleboard offers one-to-one sessions or groups of up to ten at a time. They take you through the basics of stand up paddleboarding, improver lessons and a Safe Paddler Award Course. No experience is necessary. Perfect for birthday parties*, stag or hen dos, sporting clubs*, schools*, corporate team building or as part of your holiday.

*All children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult

Clevedon Sailing Club

Clevedon Sailing Club runs supervised sessions for children aged 8 and above. In these fun sessions, children learn how a boat sails, and pick up steering and handling skills. CSC is an RYA accredited training centre whose aim is to teach 10-17-year-olds the sailing skills they need to progress from the safety of Clevedon Marine Lake to the Bristol Channel.

Clevedon Marine Active

Clevedon Marine Active is about fun on the water in kayaks, canoes and on paddleboards. We run sessions for lots of organisations including cubs, beavers, brownies and scouts as well as birthday parties for children and adults.  In the warmer months, we run holidays clubs during the morning and afternoon. Get the best out of your paddling with coaching from Clevedon Marine Active.

South Avon Canoe Club

SACC is for people looking to paddle with friends old and new, whether you are a beginner starting out and wanting to develop your skills or an experienced paddler looking to have fun and make new friends.  SACC has over 160 members, made up of individuals, families and accompanied children, who enjoy recreational paddling on placid water, white water and the sea, whatever the weather.

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Lake location

Clevedon Marine Lake
off Old Church Road
Clevedon BS21 7TU

OS Grid Reference

ST 39695 70900