Some cool places to swim this season

Greenbank Pool photographed in the early morning

So, where are we swimming this summer?

Thank you for your continued understanding and loyalty to Greenbank Pool.
It’s truly heart-warming to see our list of website subscribers and followers continuing to grow daily despite our pool closure this season.

Well, in direct response to your continued support and interest, I’ll be writing an occasional blog post and articles to help us all make it through to swimming at Greenbank Pool again next season. I hope you enjoy the posts; please DO join in with me and feel free to comment and share my posts and features and tell us about your own adventures this summer.

What are you getting up to away from Greenbank Pool? Where are you getting wet?

This week, I’m reporting from a not too distant alternative to our usual favourite pool; I’m at Chagford Swimming Pool, in Devon.

In the Swim at Chagford Pool – Prices: Adults £4.50 and Children (Up to 16) £2.50. Under 9’s can swim supervised by an accompanying poolside adult who gets free entry.

For more information, website, directions and to book a swim visit Chagford Swimming Pool here

Travel from Street takes about an hour and twenty minutes. Join the M5 near Bridgwater or Taunton and it’s a straight-forward journey past Exeter and onto the A30. A scenic drive then to the Whiddon Down turn-off and an even prettier 5 miles to Chagford Pool where you will find free parking right by the entrance. In busier times, they often have an overflow car park in the neighbouring field.


With several sessions each day that cater for adult swimmers (16 years and over) who want to do lengths, and they offer twice or three times daily FUN SESSIONS that provide an hour for family swims and children to make the most of their time in the pool. There’s also a paddling pool.

Entry is limited and sessions are for an hour – numbers in line with Covid restrictions to help keep everyone safe, but with plenty of space for those who like sitting out, reading and catching some sun.
Chagford is in a beautiful location with Dartmoor National Park all around making for some great sight-seeing while you’re in the area. Why not explore the area online before you go? You might find the local camp-sites, B&B’s and holiday cottages available to make it a great mini-holiday / staycation.

ABOUT CHAGFORD POOL (from their website)

Pictured below, an early morning photograph of Chagford Swimming Pool in Devon

Early morning at Chagford Swimming Pool in Devon

Chagford Swimming Pool is a beautiful, community-run open air, river-fed public pool, set on the banks of the River Teign.

The very soft river water is UV treated and filtered with a minimal amount of chlorine to keep it sparkling, healthy and safe. The pool is heated with air source heat pumps supplemented by PV solar panels, which power the hot showers, lights, and Tea shed. Solar covers are rolled out each evening to preserve the water temperature, which we maintain at approximately 26/27 C degrees.

There is also a very popular toddler pool for under fives complete with toy boats, watering cans, and ducks.

At the deep end there is a grassy area for sunbathing and there are chairs and tables at the shallow end, with parasols. Raised wooden decking flanks each side of the pool.
The pool depth increases from just under a metre at the shallow end to just over 2 metres at it’s deepest. Safety is paramount here, and qualified lifeguards are always on duty.

The Tea Shed

There are simple snacks and refreshments available……
Teas, coffee etc and soft drinks, also confectionery and savoury snacks such as crisps. We stock a variety of healthy, organic, and mainstream goods, catering for all kinds of tastes. Daily home made cakes and fresh fruit smoothies, and fresh fruit are new for this season. We do not carry bottled water, but are happy to fill your bottles.
You are also welcome to bring your own nibbles or picnics. Please, no glass, thank you.

Child Safety

Children under nine years must be accompanied by an adult.
As per Health and Safety Executive recommendations….One adult should not be responsible for more than two children under eight, and children under that age should also be directly supervised whilst in the water.

Please note: We like to keep non swimming children away from the deep water…..Outdoor pools are very different environments compared to their indoor counterparts where spectators tend to be seated.

So non swimmers are not allowed past the blue line both in and out of the water.

2021 is their 88th season.

Chagford Swimming Pool was opened in 1933, dug by hand by local residents on land entrusted to the village by the Hayter-Hames family.

It is the largest open-air, fresh-water swimming pool in the southwest, being fed by the River Teign. Should it ever cease to be maintained and used as a public pool, the land would revert to the family.

The pool is fed by the Mill-Leat, a small stream diverted from the main river, originally to power the water wheel at Rushford Farm. The site of the pool was once an apple orchard and the mill pond for the farm, and it is well reported that it was dug out because children swimming in the river would too often disturb local fishermen further upstream. In the early years, the pool had a mud bottom, the water was unfiltered and several times each year the pool had to be emptied into the river, sluiced clean by the fire brigade on practice nights, and refilled.

For more information, website, directions and to book a swim visit Chagford Swimming Pool here

Where have you been swimming? Tell us about it.

Greenbank Pool – We’ll Swim Again!
PRIZE DRAW – Be In To Win!

Did you know Greenbank Pool is a charity?

As such a favourite with so many of us why not celebrate our connection by wearing one of our Greenbank Pool tee-shirts this summer, a great way to support the pool this season as we all look forward to swimming here again.

We have two prizes to give away in our prize draw on Saturday 3rd July at 11a.m.

Two lucky entrants will win the tee-shirt they like most from the three designs we have here…


To enter, all you have to do is choose the option you like best from the three tee-shirt designs and Click on the SUBMIT ENTRY BUTTON, below. An entry form will open in a new window where you tick the boxes that match your choice and… That’s it!

You can enter as many times as you like.

We’ll add your responses to the Greenbank Pool Prize Draw on Saturday 3rd July, 2021. Two winners will be chosen and each will receive their selected tee-shirt option to wear with pride this summer. We’ll announce our winners shortly after 11a.m. on Saturday.

**No purchase is necessary but if you would like to buy a tee-shirt they are just £10 each, including delivery – Visit the new Greenbank Pool Shop to take a look – HERE


Greenbank Pool 2021 Tee-shirts – Wear them with pride and support the pool and “We’ll Swim Again!”

I look forward to reading your comments and hearing about your favourite alternative swimming locations.

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