The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to consider commercial proposals to introduce what is described as “Open Water Swimming “ at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park – an area which up to now has been considered so dangerous, swimming is banned.
The scheme is amongst plans being considered for what are described as “further opportunities for commercial partnerships on council sites for the provision of tourism activities.”
The two lakes at Cosmeston are actually flooded former quarries. A comprehensive sonar survey of the main lake was carried out in 2015 by Mike Gosling of the Cardiff Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club.
It confirmed that the maximum depth of the lake is 9 metres the equivalent of 30 feet or almost 5 fathoms.
The survey also indicated why the lake so dangerous and why swimming in Cosmeston is currently forbidden. The bank of the lake is so steep and anyone attempting to swim in the icy water could very quickly get out of their depth . The shallowest area is the Northern corner but even here the bank is very steep and quickly reaches a depth of 4 metres .
A separate scheme to introduce “stand-up paddle-boarding” on the Cosmeston Lakes has been “lost” according to the council but a further report on commercial opportunities is due to be tabled at a meeting of the Vale’s ruling cabinet later this month