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Where to go swimming in Lincoln

Swimming is a great way to get some low-impact exercise while also having fun, but where can you go?

Now that summer is approaching, I can’t wait to go swimming more often. It’s a great way to get some low-impact exercise while also having fun, and you don’t have to do lane swimming (which I personally find quite boring). If you’re unsure where to go, I’ll list the main places in and around Lincoln that you can go for swimming, including outdoor pools!

You don’t need a membership for any of the pools I’ve listed, so you can just go and pay in the centre or pre-book online.

Yarborough Leisure Centre

Yarborough Leisure Centre is open every day of the week and they have a large indoor pool. I find their online timetable to be a little bit unclear, however, you can always call them and ask what their availability is for swimming. They hold lane swimming and aqua sessions every day and have ‘Family Fun Splash’ sessions on the weekends.

As well as a swimming pool, Yarborough has a gym, exercise studios and a cafe. You don’t need a membership to use the gym as you can just pay for a single session at a time! I like to do this sometimes when the University gym is closed for bank holidays.

Find out more about Yarborough Leisure Centre here, where you can also find their contact details and directions to the centre.

One NK

Although One NK is in North Hykeham, it’s only a short bus ride from the city centre. They have a 25-metre pool and a small shallow pool that you can use, with a variety of sessions scheduled every day! During the week they have ‘Swim For Fitness’ sessions which consist of lane swimming, but they also have ‘Swim For All’ which is an unstructured swim where you can swim however is best for you.

One NK also have separate ‘Disability Swim’ sessions for those who have a disability and need extra support or don’t feel comfortable going to a regular swimming session.

Similarly to Yarborough, One NK also has a gym, exercise studios and a cafe, none of which require a membership to use! You can just pay for a single session or a day pass. Find out more about One NK here, where you can also find their timetables, booking system, contact details, and directions to the centre.

Jubilee Park

Located 20 minutes away from Lincoln in Woodhall Spa, Jubilee Park offers an outdoor pool which is great to utilise in the nicer weather, but they also have fitness classes, a caravan and camping site, swimming lessons, and you can even hire out the pool!

Jubilee Park is a non-profit organisation with the aim of aiding long-term leisure, economic, social and cultural benefits for the local community. Pool sessions are a little more expensive than Yarborough and One NK, but it’s definitely worth it for the experience and to support Jubilee Park to allow them to keep operating.

You can find out more about Jubillee Park here.

Metheringham Pool

Metheringham is a village located just outside of Lincoln, and there are buses that run from Lincoln to Metheringham daily, alongside a train station! The village has an outdoor pool run entirely by volunteers, offering heated and cold pool sessions from April until September. Swimming for adults starts from as little as £4, and you can have a private booking for up to 15 or 30 swimmers for £60 to £75.

Metheringham pool is more of a smaller locally run organisation, and doesn’t have some of the extra facilities that the other pools have. Despite this, it’s a great place to go for swimming with excellent transport links and cheap prices! While you’re there, you can visit their tuck shop, take part in Zumba fitness classes in the pool, or have swimming lessons!

You can find out more about Metheringham Pool here.

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