Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming.


Lakeside at Eastleigh is a fantastic local lake. You can swim an approx. 300m loop and at the edges it is shallow enough to stand the whole way around. The lake itself is contained within the Lakeside country park and has lovely trails so why not combine your swim with a run?! If you love your parkrun, Eastleigh Parkrun is just down the road so your Saturday can be full of multisport.
You will be required to register with HOWL before you swim. You will be provided with a membership card with your own personal barcode. This card needs to be brought with you every time you swim. Safety of our swimmers is the most important thing to us at HOWL, your barcode will be scanned before you get in and scanned when you get out. This will allow our safety team to know exactly who is in the lake at any one time.

Wetsuit hireWetsuits are compulsory and no swimming will take place if the water is under 11 degrees. Wetsuits not only keep you warm, they provide great buoyancy, giving you that extra helping hand than if you were in the pool. If you wish to swim without a wetsuit please contact Steve [email protected]
We have some wetsuits that we can hire so please get in touch.


The new 3.1 million pound building with a large number of warm showers is due to open late July, in the meantime there are temporary changing rooms and hot showers click here for information on the new building

Post Code: SO50 5PE

Click here for google map
From J5 M27 & follow Eastleigh A335 (Wide Lane) signs for ½ mile. The park entrance is on the left hand side just past the playing fields.
X7 bus route and it is opposite Southampton Parkway train station.

Opening Hours
Thursdays 18:00 until dusk.
Saturday 6:00am until 12 noon. LAST SWIMMER enter the water at 11am
Once the weather warms we will open on Tuesday Mornings.

204.9 KiB