Strict New Rules – Wild Swimming at Beckenham Park Lake
Updated: Oct 12
My London Reports: Beckenham Park Place’s wild swimming lake was only open a matter of days before it had to close due to safety concerns.
The lake reopened again on Saturday (August 24).
However, there are strict rules now in place for those visiting.
According to the Lewisham Council website visitors will need to do the following:
You will need a ticket to come into the lake area. It is open from 7am to 6pm
You must be able to swim 25 metres and be over eight years old to use the open water swimming area
Paddling for under-8s is not currently available
Numbers are limited. If one session fills up, you can book for the next session as follows 7–9am 9.15–11.15am 11.30am–1.30pm 1.45–3.45pm 4–6pm
Family ticket: £10 (2 adults and 3 children)
Lewisham Council also states the following guidelines must be adhered to or visitors may be asked to leave:
Please use the sand area to enter and leave the water. Do not use the jetty – it is for canoes and paddle boards only
Do not jump in at any point as there may be hidden dangers underwater
All under-16s must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. You are responsible for their safety and behaviour
Children aged 8 to 12 will be required to do a swimming test before using the lake
People in the main lake must be able to swim 25 metres
All lake users must wear the tow float provided to them at all times whilst in the lake.
Swimmers must not enter the boating area
Do not use inflatables in the lake at any time
Please be aware of other water users
Please put all litter in the bins. Let staff know if the bins are full