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When summer arrives in London and the temperatures start rising, a great way to spend your day is splashing out in one of Hampstead Heath's ponds. Hampstead Heath has around 30 ponds scattered within its borders; 3 of which are used as dedicated public bathing areas. There is one male and one female only pond, as well as a mixed pond to enjoy.
The cool, if slightly murky water is joyfully welcome on a hot, sunny day. Due to their popularity, these ponds can be slightly overcrowded when the weather is pleasant but don't let that put you off. A day submerging yourself in these watery depths is heaps of fun and well worth the modest entry fee. You might even need to dodge a few ducks and geese during your swim!
Hampstead Heath ponds are surrounded by luscious green foliage, making you feel like you are in a remote part of the English countryside. These surroundings give the many lounging sun-worshippers a splendid view to take in.
If you are not a strong swimmer, do not fear! There are trained lifeguards on duty to ensure the safety of all swimmers. However, due to the depth of the water, swimming here is not recommended for small children, as there are no shallow areas.
So, whether you're looking to plunge into the ponds refreshing waters or simply laze on the banks and lap up the rays, Hampstead Heath's ponds should definitely be on your list of things to do this summer!
You might also like to leave some time at the end of your day to have a stroll through the rest of the Heath. Hampstead Heath covers a large area, which is filled with natural beauty, and the hills provide a spectacular view of the London skyline.