Pondering the ponds

08/01/2010 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This page records the temperature of the water at Kenwood ponds and Gospel Oak lido. Once again, I note the lido tends to be colder than the ponds. This is especially surprising as the ladies’ pond is closest to the spring which formed the source of the river fleet and should therefore be particularly cold. Perhaps it’s the lido’s metal lining or perhaps it’s its size that makes it so cold. In August, it was certainly colder than Hickling Broad. I should add that the changing rooms are much warmer at the ponds (which if you have problems with heat loss like I do is a really good thing) plus there’s a temperate shower – at the lido there’s only really cold – still warmer than the lido – and chilblain-inducingly hot – which isn’t even remotely tempting if you’ve been in water below 10 degrees.

I don’t think I’ll make it in this weekend. Maybe wait until it’s a balmy 3.5 degrees…

Meanwhile, here is the serpentine lido on Tuesday.


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