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Pennington Flash Open Saturday

Venue Information

MyOpenWaterSwim is located at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club (WA3 1BQ) – The venue is ideal – there’s plenty of parking, easy access to the water, hot showers and refreshments available.

The Flash is also the home of the Ironman UK swim – so it’s a great stretch of water to get some pre-race training

We also hire wetsuits – we can offer from a range of over 60 suits from the most trusted triathlon brands – Orca, 2XU, Zone3, BlueSeventy and Huub. This is a great way to try before you buy and test out a suit in the water so you know that it will be the best suit for you. We have experts on hand to give you friendly, independent advice.

Pennington Flash is not only a great place to swim but also has some interesting attractions for your family if they accompany you: –

Pennington Flash Country Park was officially opened in 1981. The Flash was originally larger than it is today. The Park has a number of tracks and paths that offer walks of varying length through the nature reserve. Some of the paths lead to a pleasant section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath and some of the paths follow the routes of the railway lines that used to be in the area. It is possible to walk around the perimeter of The Flash, a distance of about 3 miles.

There are 7 bird hides, some of them having views of smaller flashes. Bunting Hide attracts a large number of common woodland birds at its feeding station. Pennington Flash has always been a birdwatchers’ paradise. More than 230 species have been recorded with each season having something different to offer. Insects also provide some interest. 20 species of butterfly and 16 species of dragonfly have been recorded in recent years. Wild flowers grow in profusion around the nature reserve.