Clevedon Marine Lake

Clevedon Marine Lake is a public access tidal pool run by a charity, MARLENS. It’s seawater topped up by the sea at high tide. It’s not affected by tides or currents, though onshore winds can make it choppy.

Getting here and parking

Head to the Salthouse Playing fields, postcode: BS21 7TY.

Park at the Salthouse pub or Salthouse fields council car park. Both are pay and display. Please read the signs.

There is free parking on the surrounding streets.

Meet me at the Salthouse end of the lake by the pumphouse.


Clevedon Marine Lake has a smooth, level concrete surround. Access to the water itself is by graduated steps with a handrail on either side.

There are no changing facilities, but there is a concrete bench that you can sit on to change.

There is paid parking within 200 yards, but no specified disabled bays. Please note, there are slopes to navigate.

Clevedon pier beach

At high tide, you can swim off the beach next to Clevedon pier.

Parking is along the sea front. Access is over pebbles. There is a small cave where you can change and leave belongings.

Vobster Quay

Vobster Quay is a diving centre in a quarry near Mells, Somerset. It costs £7 to swim here. There's free parking, changing facilties and a cafe. Access is straight into deep water, which is crystal clear and very deep.

Bristol triathlon

Bristol Open Water is a freshwater lake dug by local triathlon enthusiast 'Mad' Mike. In north Bristol, it's only open in the summer season. It's a fantastic venue for triathlon as it has a running and cycling track.