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Swimming pools (apart from Butlins)

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Swimming pools (apart from Butlins)

Are there any swimming pools accessible to the public between Porlock and Watchet? I looked on the council website and couldn't find anything. Am wondering if any campsites let people pay to use their pool. It costs £32 for an adult day pass for Butlins and I was hoping to find something a little cheaper!!

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1. Re: Swimming pools (apart from Butlins)

Try here: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=minehead+swimming+pool&rlz=1C1PRFC_enGB703GB704&oq=minehead+swimm&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i60j69i57j0l3.4095j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 - at least two other pools mentioned including Splash Waterworld.

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2. Re: Swimming pools (apart from Butlins)

Thanks for your reply. Splash Waterworld is within Butlins unfortunately.

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Sadly Butlins bought our Olympic sized swimming pool and then closed it. The next was closed and land sold for a Lidl.

As a resident I use a private one in an hotel but I did look at Blue Anchor a while back. I've been in it with kids and it was fun.

From what I remember it's round with a long slope in but still deep enough & just big enough for a swim - as long as you don't want to do lane swimming. Also a lot quieter outside of school holidays.

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There's a proper one at Taunton. 40min drive 2 carparks near or bus to. Check the timetable if you intend to go. Don't know if the ultraviolet disinfecting system is in yet (instead of chlorine)

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Or you could go in the sea. It's 17C supposedly and there are quite a few regulars who do daily swims there from the main beach as well as holidaymakers and part timers like me. It's not clear water but that's just the movement of the tide and estuary disturbing sand.

"On beaches that have been designated as bathing waters, the EA are guided by the Bathing Waters Directive, which has been made stricter, setting out tighter water quality standards to protect beach users throughout the bathing season. Not all beaches are designated as bathing waters, there are 3 located in the West Somerset area".

Don't swim from the beach beyond Butlins or behind the harbour. Strong currents there.

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4. Re: Swimming pools (apart from Butlins)

Thanks so much for your reply. Hoburne Blue Anchor sounds like a good option. I was trying to think of something indoors to do with our 10 yo in case of bad weather during our forthcoming stay in the area.

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Jest that one would be perfect. Don't know if they always do it but they have a gentle wave machine and fire loads of soft balls into the water with a competition on finding a certain one.

Even this old dear enjoyed that with the excuse of escorting some youngsters ;-)

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That sounds like great fun!

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No public swimming pools, I'm afraid.

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The Minehead information centre told me the nearest public swimming pool was in Taunton so I went there - to a nice 33.3 metre renovated pool. It was a one-hour drive. You would not want to swim in the sea at Minehead unless you were desperate. It is an unattractive beach with a very big tidal range, mud flats and rocks.

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9. Re: Swimming pools (apart from Butlins)

I swim on Minehead beach. The water is clean though it is sandy where it is stirred up by the tides.

The beach is sandy too, maybe a little shingle here and there but I have to disagree with rocks. I've never found a rock at tide level on the main beach.

A lot less rocky than Sidmouth where I also go regularly ;-)

The mud flats are part of a sunken forest and about half a mile out. You shouldn't swim when the tide is that far out.

But that is not a pool - the Blue Anchor one is available most of the year but not summer school holidays or January. It is small and shallow, great for kids and has regular toddler sessions but it also has a lovely sauna and steam room since the recent renovations.

There are other pools at other holiday camp sites but for a short stay that wouldn't be ecconomic.

there are some lovely beaches with clear water and good for swimming in North Devon. It's a lovely drive and a good day out.

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10. Re: Swimming pools (apart from Butlins)

Minehead is a lovely, large, sandy beach. There are no rocks and no mud except at very low tide. Not sure where you were but it wasn't Minehead!

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