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Why Highgate Ponds are the perfect getaway

The Kentish Towner – 22 July 2016

‘An award-winning photographer based in north London, Ruth Corney explains her love for the Ponds. “There is something so giving about the ponds. I have been going on a weekly basis for the past 20 years and I feel so lucky to have them. I love the bustle of London. It’s such an energetic and exciting place to be, however I do need to escape to the tranquillity of nature. The ponds are the perfect getaway: nature’s ability to restore and reinvigorate never ceases to amaze me.”…’

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Praise for ‘What Women Believe’

Ham & High – 25 February 2016

‘There used to be a hoarding in Harlesden in the 1970s which recorded the ever-escalating amounts rightfully due for the unpaid labour, mostly by women, that underpins waged employment: housework, childcare and smiling…’

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10 of the best walks with a swim near London – Chilworth to Guildford, Surrey

The Guardian – 2 June 2015

‘This eight-mile walk crosses heathland dotted with pretty villages before dropping down to follow the Wey Navigation, where there are many swimming places. The route, from Chilworth station, starts by crossing a strange area of wild and rather forbidding scrub and gorse, but soon gives way to gentle pastures, small woods and cosy commuter villages…’

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An Aussie’s view of bathing on Hampstead Heath

The Kentish Towner – 7 July 2014

‘I‘m on my holidays in London, spending two weeks with my sister-in-law, her partner and child in Kentish Town. I enjoy pretending to be a local, getting to know the rhythms of the community, and allowing the layers of my surroundings to reveal themselves.’

‘Being an Aussie, I enjoy swimming.’

‘I’ve got my mini micro fibre travelling towel and my budgie smugglers tucked under my arm and am heading for the men’s bathing – one of a series of spring-fed ponds fringing the northern edge of the park. From a distance it looks quaint, inviting and very cold…’

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Taking the Waters by Caitlin Davies and Ruth Corney – review

The Guardian – 20 May 2012

‘Swimming here, writes Davies, is “magical, even biblical” and the book, with its archive photos of men performing swallow dives, and women winter swimmers cavorting in the snow (the Times in the 19th century noted these winter bathers were “an inoffensive kind of lunatic”), is the work of a passionate hobbyist…’

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