Shap Swimming Pool

Gayle Avenue, Shap, CA10 3NS

At 900ft (or 275 metres) above sea level, the outdoor pool at Shap is England’s highest, but don’t let the height put you off, the water is still heated to 26C. Located in the village of Shap, a few miles south of Penrith and just a few minutes’ drive from junction 39 of the M6, the pool is a community owned facility that is staffed entirely by volunteers.

It’s a great facility for warm sunny days, especially if you need to cool off after a long walk around the eastern fells. In fact, it’s so good, that it was featured in The Telegraph as one of “Britain's best lidos and outdoor pools”.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
07512 466 172 / Website
Membership Cost:
£50 Adult Season Ticket
One Off Cost:
£3.50 Adult, £2.50 Child

Outdoor Pool

The main pool is 16.5-metres long, with a maximum depth of 1.5m. With the exception of the adults-only sessions, there is a qualified lifeguard available at all times, ensuring your safety. In addition to the main pool, there is a small paddling pool for babies and toddlers. There are changing facilities with showers; although it’s worth noting that the showers are coin operated (20p).

The pool has a selection of floats and toys that are free to use. There are benches and picnic tables around the pool, and a shop on the site that stocks a variety of refreshments. Spectators are also charged, so bear this in mind when planning your visit. Outside the pool there is a playing field and a playground for children.

The pool is open during the summer months, between May and September. Sessions are available each weekday during school term time between 15.30 and 18.30, and weekends between 13.00 and 18.00. During the school holidays, the pool is open every day between 13.00 and 18.00. In addition, adult-only sessions are held at various times throughout the week outside of the main operating hours. During these sessions, lifeguards are not on duty and you are responsible for your own safety. The pool is entirely staffed by volunteers and being an outdoor pool at a fairly high altitude it is often at the mercy of the weather, so do check in advance of your visit that the pool is open, in case there are issues with staffing or weather.

The pool is also available to hire for private parties at £50 per hour with a lifeguard included.


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