1. Hampstead heath Pond  (Britta Jaschinski / Time Out)
    Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
  2. Life guard (Britta Jaschinski  / Time Out)
    Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
  3. Highgate Pond	 (Mockford & Bonetti / Time Out)
    Mockford & Bonetti / Time Out
  4. Bathing pond steps  (Britta Jaschinski  / Time Out)
    Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
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Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds


Time Out says

Originally dammed-off clay pits, the ponds are run by the City of London Corporation. It is consulting with local residents about essential works to protect against flooding, which – though unlikely – could be catastrophic if a large quantity of rain fell over an extended period. In the meantime, the three pools remain open to ladies, men and mixed groups (including accompanied children aged eight-15, at the lifeguards’ discretion) respectively. The Men’s and Ladies’ Ponds are open all year round but to use the Mixed Pond in the winter season you must join the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club. Even in the summer the water is chilly.

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Hampstead Heath
Tube: Kentish Town; Bus: then C2, 214 bus
£4.25, concession £2.55
Opening hours:
Men's and Ladies' Ponds open year-round, though times vary. See website for details
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