En Plein Air En Hampshire13/08/2012 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
I’ve been visiting friends in Petersfield for around 7 years and finally made it to Hampshire’s only outdoor pool this last Saturday. In some ways, I just wanted to tick it off the list, and assumed that it would be too small, too hot and too crowded. I was wrong. The water was at least as fresh as London Fields Lido (too hot for Outdoor Swimming Friend, who remembers it as being ‘hot and shallow’ but then she goes to Tooting Lido at 0 degrees) and at the time I went, not too crowded at all (as I left, the gates were being opened to families, so this may have changed later in the day). There’s a wide-ish lane for crawl swimmers, but I didn’t have a problem swimming around and past people in the main part of the pool as a fast breast-stroker. And in general the atmosphere was genial and jolly. I even had a nice chat about the women’s Olympic outdoor swimming while showering (we were costumed: the showers are segregated but it didn’t seem like the kind of place people showered nude). It’s not the biggest pool in the world, but at 9.45 on a warm Saturday morning was just the right size and enough to give anyone a lift.