Fforest Fields
Radnorshire, cymru

The Lake at Fforest Fields

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Updated Sunday 2nd June 2024

Over the last week some visitors have experienced Swimmer’s Itch after spending time in our lake. Swimmer’s Itch is an itchy rash caused by microscopic parasites that can be found in freshwater. These parasites, which live on snails, can cause an allergic reaction on the skin of some people while leaving others completely unaffected. The good news is that they cannot survive on humans and the rash is temporary, though it can be quite uncomfortable.

After consulting with freshwater professionals, we’ve learned that there is no simple solution for removing these parasites without harming the lake’s ecosystem. We believe the recent cases may be due to a combination of a rise in temperature and increased activity in the shallows, it doesn’t mean we are always going to have a problem and this may be very temporary. We will keep a close eye on it.

Visitors have continued to enjoy the lake this week without issues in swimsuits as well as wetsuits, although some are still being affected. This is not bacteria or algae bloom, but we want you to exercise caution and be prepared for a reaction if you choose to go in.

There are several precautions you can take to minimise the risk:

– Wear wetsuits that cover your skin while swimming

– Apply a barrier cream or waterproof sunscreen before entering the water

– Towel off immediately after leaving the lake

– Rinse off in the showers after swimming

– Avoid spending too much time in the lake in one stint, particularly in shallow water

We understand this news may be concerning, but we don’t want to alarm you. Being informed and taking the recommended precautions can help you continue to enjoy the lake.

If you do experience symptoms, which include itching/burning sensation and small pimples then antihistamines such as Piriton can provide relief, and you can treat the rash with calamine lotion or anti-itch cream. A cold compress can also help, as can applying baking soda as a paste. It is not something likely to need a visit to the doctors, unless excessive itching causes infection, but we recommend you keep a close eye and if you have any concerns please contact your doctor. 

We know the lake is a highlight of our campsite, and we hope this information helps you enjoy your time here to the fullest. 

See you soon for some wonderful time away from your day to day! 

Best wishes,

Jessie &

The Fforest Fields Team

  1. Lisa Warren says:

    Hi can you paddle board on the lake if staying?

  2. Keri dyke says:

    I’m enquiring re availability for Thurs 1st Aug for 3 nights, 3 tents, 6 adults, 6 kids (14) and 3 dogs. All together. Is that possible pls. Can’t see an availability page, only booking

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