The Walpole Bay Swimmers is a group set up for anyone who enjoys a swim at the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, in Cliftonville.
Constructed in 1937 the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool has a long history of sea bathing and the Walpole Bay Swimmers are continuing this tradition. Our friendly group aims to promote outdoor swimming in the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool. It also aims to build a community who enjoy, admire, support, and swim in the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool and in outdoor pools around the UK. There are no taught lessons, no instructions, no lifeguards so it’s pretty wild and simple! Outdoor swimming at its best, just the way we like it.
Perhaps you want to go swimming with a group of people rather than alone? See our Events or our weekly social swim blog post if you fancy joining us for one of our regular social swims or joining in with an event. It’s free and all are welcome!
The Walpole Bay Tidal Pool is four acres (16187 sqm) in extent and contains seven million gallons of seawater. It is larger than the two largest listed seawater lidos, Penzance and Lymington. It is 137m long. It is 2.13m deep at the seaward end. It is 92m wide at the seaward end and 167m at the landward end. The pool is accessible from beach end as this end is not contained by a wall. Swimming a width of the pool from the center steps is roughly equivalent to swimming 6 lengths of a 25m pool! At high tide the pool is completely covered by the sea. The pool is drained every six months for a maintenance check up.
Please note that this tidal pool is basic and wild so come prepared, there are currently no changing rooms, showers and it does NOT have a lifeguard.