Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming.


Lakeside at Eastleigh is a fantastic local lake. You can swim an approx. 350m 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.

Swim for the first time.

  1. Register as a member online before your first swim here. . Within 10 minutes you will be emailed your membership card. PRINT this off and bring it with you.
  2. You will be asked when registering to complete the T&Cs and wavier.

We open on Thursday 14th April 2022

All swimmers will be required to become members. They must complete their membership online before they arrive at the lake. This is to include all necessary personal information, ICE details and any medical details.

Website is

Swims must be purchased and pre-booked online before the session is attended. No refunds will be issued to avoid people reserving sessions and not turning up. There no time limit on the session but be mindful of the closing times, dusk on thursday evenings and 10:30 on Saturdays.

There are no changing rooms. Come ready to swim.

You must print out your membership card and bring it with you or at least have something with your name on it.


Finally please do think through all the risks before you decide to swim.

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 for sale but not for hire.


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 7:00am until 10:30am.
Pre-booked swims ONLY