The open swimming and fishing pond at Lenches Lakes attracted its biggest crowd to date last Thursday with 124 swimmers for its evening session.

The lake, located in Church Lench, near Evesham, was dug out over 40 years ago and is fed by a natural spring which makes for appealing swimming conditions.

Owner Amanda Badger and husband Simon took over the property some 15 years ago from Simon’s parents who were former market gardeners and created the lakes when they saw the need to diversify.

The property comprises not just the two stunning and well-managed lakes, but a camping and caravan area, and a clubhouse that is nestled on the lake’s edge that doubles as an events venue.

Later that evening, Amanda soaked in the evening’s success with a quiet ginger beer alone at the picnic benches that sit at the water’s edge.

Of the unprecedented number of visitors, she said, “It has been an amazing evening. We have a 14-strong lifeguard team and together we work with

British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society’s Sh2out safety initiative to maintain our accreditation of water safety for both swimmers and the team.”

The lake is open to swimmers on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6pm to 8pm and Saturday mornings, 10am to 12pm at a cost of £5 per session.

The seasons closes around end of September, early October when the water temperature falls below 11 degrees.