Taking the Waters | The Restorative Effects of Outdoor Swimming

TOAST Magazine – 26 March 2022

Elizabeth Metcalfe on her gravitation to cold water and the allure of Hampstead Ladies’ Pond… Photographs by Ruth Corney…

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Bathing Shoot

Camden New Journal – 22 July 2019

Photographer Ruth Corney – known for her stunning pictures of the Kenwood Ladies Pond and the Parliament Hill Lido – has snapped a year in the life of an open-air swimming pool.

It has been providing a refreshing dip for nine decades – and now a year in the life of an open-air swimming pool is being chronicled to mark its 90th birthday…

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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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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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