Testimonials

Excellent activities, friendly staff and great instructors. My daughter loved taking part this summer.
- Claire Melville-Kiely - August 18, 2022
Awesome place. Whether it’s cold-water swimming, kayaking, canoeing etc this is a great place to come
- Melodie Rose Reid - June 20, 2022
Friendly and fun. Have swam, felt safe and really enjoyed and there is a guard on the water. I have also done paddle boarding there. Lovely location and plenty of parking.
- Rosalind Hitchen - August 22, 2021
Fantastic intro to paddle boarding! Great centre, lovely tutor (Charlie) & highly recommend whole thing.
- Stephanie Carney - September 9, 2021
Wonderful afternoon yesterday at a Family Fun Session doing Paddle Boarding. Our 11yo loved it, Robin soon had her confident on the boards and she had a great laugh jumping and pushing us in the water. We’ve also previously done adult boarding sessions and would highly recommend.
- Kathryn Reay - August 4, 2020
Best swim venue! Clean water, no weeds, safe social distancing and lifeguards! It’s a must!
- Claire Bloom - June 6, 2020
Family friendly welcoming to newcomers. Lifeguards plentiful.
- Fi Pearcey - August 29, 2020
Great set up during Covid as bookings taken online, separate in and out areas, tents set up to leave belongings in and a large area for spectators. Water was warm, clean and weed free and there are safety boats on the water. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back once I’ve sorted membership out.
- Tracy Brennan - June 3, 2020
My daughters first time open water swimming today and she absolutely loved it! Will be back Wednesday.
- Jennie Mullings - June 15, 2020
We were at HYMB for the swimming competition and just love it there. I will definitely come back for sailing when it’s on again.
- Homa Badr - September 15, 2019
Amazing holiday activity clubs. Beautiful setting. Great birthday parties. Really close to Cheshunt station so easily accessible for all.
- Laura Spencer - September 18, 2018
Excellent, my daughter goes every week. I went for the first time and will definitely be going again! �
- Shifa Dwyer - May 16, 2018
My son did Kayaking on Wednesday and had a fabulous time. He is booked in for another session and wants to go more often. I would definitely recommend!
- Karen Keefe - August 9, 2018
Both my sons have been on several courses and had a fantastic time and earned some qualifications whilst having fun!
- Audra Williams - January 18, 2018
Came yesterday from 9.30am-3.30pm with three other adults and 28 children - fun was had all although I am not sure the sun burn will appreciated this morning. Thank you again for your time and here's to next year hopefully.
- Nicola Faichney - May 25, 2018
Many thanks to Alan for a really enjoyable and packed weekend introduction to paddling. Really great value for money. Will definitely be back!!
- Jo Milne - September 17, 2017
Great weekend 1 star paddle course. Brilliant! Enjoyed a fantastic 2 day 1 star paddle course this weekend. Thank you Alan for being a great teacher. Amazing place. We all had a great time and learnt a lot.
- Jane Gatehouse - September 17, 2017
A huge thank you from the SPACE charity for an amazing paddlesports level 1 session today. Andrew and Terry were fantastic with the group and the feedback from the parent's & teens has been amazing. We look forward to running more events at HYMB very soon!!
- Nicky Chaperlin - September 24, 2017
Fantastic place, great value for money!!
- Clare Brillus - July 28, 2017
Great place to camp and the water sports looked amazing!
- Geoff Davies - June 13, 2017
Excellent centre, 9 yr daughter had a great week in the Easter holidays. Definitely recommend.
- Jess Culver - May 4, 2017
Good customer service. Two times in a row Saturday club - archery - was cancelled due to lack of participants and us being late also caused confusion. But was dealt with by refund and voucher. Apolgies made. My son also had a great 10th birthday party here caving with his friends.
- Samantha Tanak - August 27, 2016
This is a great a place for children to have a good summer!
- James Smith - August 5, 2016
Can I just say a big THANK YOU to Steve, Elliott, Chris and the rest of the team at HYMB for a fantastic day climbing, caving and raft building! The kids (and adults!!) thoroughly enjoyed themselves and they are already asking to visit again!
- Jodie Olivia - June 15, 2015
Very well looked after by the whole gang. The Exeter Saracens Under 15's and parents loved it. Few aches today. Massive thanks guys. See you again!
- Chris Vicary - June 1, 2015
Great place, inspiring people, fantastic experience.
- Katerina Rozvoralova - September 27, 2022
Brilliant place for open water swimming. Well managed and friendly atmosphere for any ability. Woke me up better than any coffee or yoga session this morning.
- Lisa Carvall - September 10, 2022
My daughter loved the SUP lesson so much!
- Kitty Lam - August 22, 2022
A lot of experiences to practice sailing sports.
- Samuel Moreno
A great place for large and small groups. I've taken my 9, 10 & 11 year old with friends over school holidays and a whole class of 30 for their leaving celebration. They've done paddle boarding, rafting, kayaking and more. The price is great for all day and I have no worries leaving them, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. There are wet suits and changing facilities. A basic shower. There is also a cheap tuck shop which the kids love too. Highly recommended.
- Angela Setford
1st visit here for open water swimming. Staff very friendly and helpful. Facilities great, changing rooms, parking etc. Water very clean, will definitely be continuing to swim and almost certainly be doing other activities they have on offer. Highly recommend.
- S Sliman
It's a one minute walk from Cheshunt train station (14 min from Tottenham Hale) and a world away from London on the edge of the Lea Valley. Beautiful lake, incredible staff team and a lot of skills to be shared. Bring private groups, school years or just a bunch of friends for kayak, paddleboarding, canoes, bellboats and much more. Recommended!
- Nicola Baird
Friendly and helpful staff. Loads of parking. Will be back soon.
- Gerhard Van Staden
Knowledgeable and friendly instructors; good amenities and well-kitted out. Excellent for kids and adults.
- Patrick Briscall
Great place to go and develop more skills.
- Jacqueline Elliott
I attended the outdoor swimming induction, the instructor was great, very professional and friendly - I will definitely be back!
- Mike Hall
Lovely clean water in the lake. Suitable for kayaking, paddle boards, swimming etc. Always well trained staff on duty to keep people safe. Courses are run for people who want to learn about various activities - climbing wall, caving, canoeing, archery, sailing etc. People who already have the skills can book to use the facilities. The staff are all friendly and willing to help. Also available for groups - schools, youth clubs, families, people with different needs etc. There is a range of good equipment kept in fine condition and regularly updated. I have been going there for 30 years, I am 68 years old now and still enjoy my kayaking there.
- Helen Mullineux
We have had the most amazing time. My family, friends and I enjoyed every single minute. Staff were super friendly, they organised activities for us. It was a day to remember. Really happy with my friend's recommendation. I will highly recommend these guys. So much fun!
- Katty Rodrigues
Great local facility for youngsters and adults alike.
- Lorraine Fenton
Great fun, excellent and very friendly instructors and staff, had paddleboarding lesson and then we've been back just to practice...highly recommend.
- Joanne Brett
Great place work well with the children.
- Wendy Bloxham
Lake swimming in lovely clear water. Well run, not too busy.
- Martin Stevens
Great activities and great staff! Our school children loved it.
- Leanna Jones
Friendly staff. Sons loved the kayaking session. Easy to get to - 2 mins walk from Cheshunt station. A cafe or even a vending machine would be nice! (Perhaps there is one in non-covid times)
- Shona Rose
Friendly, helpful and relaxed staff and a lovely spot to paddleboard.
- John Gladney
Water sports at its best. I did Stand up Paddleboarding, which was so much fun.
- Gillian Kirk
Awesome place. Very professional. Great with kids.
- Peter Fey
Kayaking session relaxing as always lovely team and participants.
- Karen W
We were grateful that open water swim came available while all pools remained shut throughout lockdown. Felt like a great way to keep active. We took part in Storm the lake competition what turned out to be the great success.
- Jana Williams
Great outdoor swimming.
- Sean Gilmartin
Fantastic venue for Open water swimming.
- Aly B
It's a perfect place for kids who love to be outside. My son has returned every summer break for 3 years.
- Gino
Had a great time and Instructors were helpful.
- Kel
My daughter's school took her to this place for a year seven day out for all of the girls. They had a fantastic time. There were places where they could leave their bags and get changed in the changing rooms. She came back telling me she had a wonderful time. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures. But I would recommend this place as I have had some excellent feedback from my children about this place. Obviously go on a sunny day if you are going to visit. Excellent day out if you’re looking for a little bit of fun.
- Shiraj Islam
Great place for people of all ages to learn watersports. The summer solstice paddle board is awesome if you have a bit of experience. Edmonton canoe group also operates kayaking here on Saturday mornings I would recommend this to anyone looking to start kayaking.
- Andrew Cording
Fantastic resource, great instructors, friendly staff and good prices.
- Annmarie Brinsley
Located just across the level crossing at Cheshunt. Great place for all levels of water sports. They also run camps during school holidays.
- Mangesh Gole
An excellent place to do a wide variety of things from canoeing to kayaking to archery to bushcraft to sailing to climbing.
- Imran Denton
Very friendly staff and an excellent course, would recommend it. In fact I will be going back.
- Mark Riley
Excellent camping, dawn chorus and views. Lovely!
- Teresa Keane
Started openwater swimming there on a Wednesday evening. Fantastic lake to swim in with amazing coaching by BeEndurance coaching.
- Goran Raven
Great place for for outdoor activities for children! And adults too!
- Aleksandra Swieca
Friendly staff and great facilities. Our scouts thoroughly enjoyed the kayaking.
- James Grogan
Lovely experience. Went for a party. Very nicely appointed.
- Louise Lange
Decent camping site...facilities for visitors good
- Aaron Braddy-Green
Perfect spot! Lovely people, very relaxing.
- Monika Aysan
Great value for money, friendly experienced instructors, great location. Good to see kids being challenged, being active and enjoying themselves. Not our first time and won't be our last.
- Malcolm
Love this place, great for the kids and grown ups a like.
- Ray Don
Absolutely amazing place for kids. Best way to take first steps in canoeing, kayaking, archery for your kids. Saturday sessions, holiday club. For kids over 8 years old. Activities for adults as well, I haven't tried that though.
- Miroslaw Swieca
Brilliant venue, the staff are fantastic and very knowledgeable
- David Lichtenstein
Fantastic experience. Great staff. Very professional. Thank you all
- Richard Lydford
Friendly and relaxed staff in an organisation who run sailing and paddling courses at an unbelievably reasonable price. It's comfortable and not at all glamorous, but that's the charm. Just people who love what they do.
- Alice Turner
Went here to swim. The staff were really friendly. The water was clean and inviting. Would definitely recommend. Will be back!
- Emma Luck