Taking the Waters: A Swim Around Hampstead Heath

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Taking the Waters is a celebration of four unique swimming spots on Hampstead Heath: the Kenwood Ladies Pond, the Highgate Men s Pond, the Mixed Bathing Pond, and the Parliament Hill Lido.

People have swum at the ponds for over 200 years from champion swimmers and world famous divers, to international film stars and hardy year round bathers while the Lido is one of London s few remaining outdoor pools.

Together they attract over a quarter of a million visits a year. How and why did they come to be and what stories do they have to tell? This book is an illustrated history full of personal memories, archive images and stunning modern photography.

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It's terrific, I was totally immersed. Loved it! --Melvyn Bragg

A really well-produced, rewarding book. Text and marvellous illustrations capture the joys, punishments and unabashed delights of bathing on the Heath. Well worth dipping into. --Michael Palin

I loved Taking the Waters. In this age when Health and Safety seems to shut down anything that s a little different, the Hampstead Ponds and Lido are one of the last quirky things we ve got left. It s a pleasure to have a whole book devoted to them. It will appeal to swimmers and non-swimmers alike, and to anyone with a love for the offbeat. --Tracy Chevalier

About the Author:

Londoner Caitlin Davies has been swimming at the Heath ponds and Lido since she was a child. A writer, teacher and journalist, she is the author of three non-fiction books, four novels and several short stories.

Ruth Corney is an award-winning photographer. She has had several exhibitions that bear testament to her passion for the ponds and Lido. She is also trying to be a year round pond swimmer. In addition to her commercial work, she has led photography and oral history projects, her most recent being the photographic documentation of life at the Ironmonger Row Baths, and its refurbishment.

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