Hathersage Swimming pool is an open air pool with water heated to 82°F (28°c), hot poolside showers, lawns and views of Stanage Edge, Hathersage Church and the surrounding hills.
In the 1930s a local business man and philanthropist, Mr George Lawrence, gave a number of gifts to the village – tennis courts, a bowling green, a bandstand, an additional hall at the village War Memorial Hall, the laying out and equipping of a playing field, £5,000 towards building a Methodist Chapel, and, in 1936, a swimming pool. Mr Lawrence was unfortunately killed in the Sheffield blitz along with 8 of his employees, having left the comparative safety of his home in Hathersage to visit his employees who were at work at the time. His gifts to the village all survive, although the tennis courts have been converted to an all purpose, all weather recreational area on which other games as well as tennis can be played.
Over the last few years the Parish Council and local people have raised over £100,000 to replace the 1936 changing facilities and install disabled toilets. Fund raising continues and further refurbishment is planned. The Parish Council is determined to keep the pool open to give local residents and visitors alike the opportunity to experience outdoor swimming, a pleasant experience in almost all weathers.