"The cleanest lake in the North of England for open water swimming"

Water Sports

We regret to confirm that all water sports have been stopped with immediate effect due to government guidance regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19). All gates have been closed until further notice. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will advise re-opening via the website when we receive approval.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Open Water Swimming

We welcome Triathlon swimmers and open water swimmers for training. Please note all swimmers must wear wetsuits. Quoted by one of the leading triathlon magazines as "the cleanest lake in the north of England for swimming", Ellerton Park holds two major and a number of smaller Triathlon events. Qualified instructors are available for open water swimming - book by appointment with Wild About Swimming.


The lake is very popular with divers and is ideal for training purposes with a maximum depth of 10 meters. There are certain objects placed within the lake for the more experienced divers to investigate and a platform for easy access in and out of the water. Visibility is generally very good as the lake is fed by natural springs.

Water Sports

For a great day out, come and spend a day on the water with your own sailing boat, canoe, kayak or paddle board. The easy access into the lake from our large car park makes it ideal for all non-motorised watersports.

The 60 acres of fresh water allows for plenty of scope for the more skilled operators whilst youngsters and beginners can try the smaller, quieter bays situated around the lake.

We also welcome schools, clubs and organisations.


Ellerton Park has an excellent reputation for course fishing and is fast becoming one of the best Carp waters in the area, with specimen fish being caught in excess of 30lb. The lake is also well stocked with Bream, Roach, Perch and Pike.


The Scouts have their North Yorkshire water activities centre at Ellerton Park and can be seen here most weekends, using the water or camping adjacent to the Scout compound.

ALL "NO DOGS" SIGNS MUST BE ADHERED TO. Dogs are allowed around the lake and in the car park only when attached to a lead. All dog waste must be picked up. PLEASE NOTE: NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE WATER.


Prices for 2019

Scuba Diving

Adults £8.00 per day / Children £4.50 per day


Canoeing, kayaking, sailing & paddle boarding Adults £8.00 per day / Children £4.50 per day
Triathlon Swimmers Adults £5.00 per day / Children £3.00 per day
Fishing Adults £9.00 per day / Children £4.50 per day
All other visitors £1.00 per person per day

Opening Times

From 1st May 2019 -


Weekdays (Tuesday to Friday)

Please note: All persons to leave by 7.30pm as gates will be locked after this time.

Weekends and Bank Holidays

Please note: All persons to leave by 6.30pm as gates will be locked after this time.

Please Note: From the 29 OCTOBER we will close at 4.00pm prompt.




XMAS CLOSING - Closed Monday 23 December 2019, opening on Saturday 4 January 2020  

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