Team GB swimmers take a dip at Matlock Bath's restored geothermal lido

The 1930s geothermal lido at the New Bath Hotel and Spa in Matlock Bath reopened last week with some Team GB swimmers testing the water.

Monday, 24th June 2019, 5:02 pm
From left, Mayor David Hughes, Paralympian Ryan Taylor, pool attendant Jason Skipper, hotel manager Richard Devine, and former Commonwealth champion Ross Davenport.

Friday, June 21, was 85 years to the day that members of the British Olympic swimming team first made a splash at what was then England’s only outdoor lido fed by thermal spring water.Recreating the moment, Commonwealth gold medallist Ross Davenport and Paralympian Ryan Taylor cut the official ribbon alongside Mayor of Matlock David Hughes.Hotel manager Richard Devine said: “It’s a proud day for the New Bath Hotel and the return of a fantastic asset for Peak District tourism.“The lido is a much-cherished part of Matlock Bath and it’s a fantastic achievement to be able to secure its future for generations to come.”He added: “Thank you to the staff and volunteers that have worked so hard to make it happen with support from the hotel’s owners, who have been thrilled with the reaction to its relaunch.” The pool was originally built to help re-invigorate the local tourism industry and the hotel’s new owners are hoping for a modern-day revival after a £3million transformation of the whole hotel complex.The lido is open to the public via paid membership. For details, visit hotel reception or email [email protected]

Hotel employee John Legg threw white heather into the pool for good luck, just as his predecessors had done when it first opened in 1934.
It was 85 years to the day since the pool first opened.
Swimming star Ross Davenport, right, takes the plunge with triathlon and open water swim coach Morgan Williams (left) and Raceskins Colin McNeill
In 1934, the opening celebrations took place in the rain.
The New Bath Hotel & Spa has undergone a 3million refit in recent months.
Jason Skipper has had a leading role in the lido's restoration.
The deluxe hotel offers bed and breakfast, restaurant dining and a health spa available for day visits.
The lido was a huge tourist attraction in its early days.
The pure, warm waters are set against a stunning backdrop of cliffs.
Some of the first swimmers took a dip in true vintage style.
The hotel boasts a bar with countryside views and a lounge perfect for afternoon tea.
The first 100 customers can get an annual pool membership for 180, after that th price rises to 300.
The lido restoration has faithfully preserved its period charm.
To enquire about memberships, email [email protected]
The lido looks set to become an exclusive oasis for Peak District visitors.
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