Wednesday 4 May 2016 3.43pm
I thought it was worth starting a new thread about what the Castle Leisure Centre is actually like, now it's open.
I went there last night for a swim and was quite impressed. Of course everything is new and clean and they've gone for a simple - rather than an 'upmarket' - feel inside. But the pool is very pleasant and there's a nice steam room and sauna that open out onto the pool edge.
Some things they won't be able to change are that the shallow end of the pool is a bit shallow for my taste (you can bang your legs on the bottom when you're turning) and for some reason the pool says 'no diving' all the way round - even at the (1.8m) deep end.
But I'll certainly keep going back again and again. I'm glad the pool programme has some general swim most weekday early evenings (except Tues) - which is better than some of the Southwark pools, who completely book out the whole pool for, say, Swim School.
The learner pool still isn't open yet - not sure when that will happen.
I took a look at the gym upstairs - which is absolutely rammed with machines and offers some great views out over St Mary's Churchyard
while you cycle or pump away. The main hall had a group of people in doing some sort of ball game and the studios look quite good too.
All in all I think this will be a great asset for the area - even if we've had to wait a hugely long time for it.