Bodies of Water in London

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Bodies of Water in London

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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,255 contributions
    The Thames River is amazing from many aspects. The bridges are stunning and the walls and views excellent. But you don’t want to fall in as it moves fast!
    Written 15 July 2022
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  • Nicola D
    Hessle, UK3,123 contributions
    We had a few hours to kill before our train home and had seen the signs to the Canal Museum from Kings Cross Station so decided to pay a visit. We then had a walk along the Regents Canal which is about 10 minutes walk away. We had our 10 year old grandson with us.

    It was a pleasant and interesting walk, hard to imagine how close the busy Kings Cross area was above our heads! Our grandson was thrilled when we came across the ‘Book Boat’ and bought a book he has been wanting for ages!
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel35,760 contributions
    This is a beautiful lake in Hyde Park which is excellent for a stroll or rent a boat.
    There are numerous birds at the lake and they do appreciate the occasional bread and bread crumbs.
    Written 28 September 2021
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  • violetmoon240
    Greater London, UK13 contributions
    Big Olympic size pool 🏊‍♀️ with lots of green area to sit around for picnics in summer bring your family and friends 👬 they will
    Enjoy swimming and the atmosphere is safe and clean 🧼 they also have a cafe area with sitting area
    Written 12 December 2018
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  • mike c
    Totnes, UK560 contributions
    I live in Devon so spoilt for choice for year round swimming...however i read about the swimming ponds (and the recently released film) so in i went on a fairly cold February morning!...nice diving board and really helpful attendant who took photographs ... i will certainly be back...Thank you.
    Written 10 February 2019
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  • David T
    2 contributions
    Into my 4th day of carp fishing so far had 29 carp public very friendly as are the other anglers . Bird people great as well .. For a place to fish in london very good be advised water very deep so be careful.
    Written 5 August 2021
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  • Anusa
    London, UK107 contributions
    I went here with a friend for a walk. I have only ever driven around it before.
    It is very unexpected, bigger than I thought. It has a lake, cafe, large grounds that are very well maintained.
    It was very tidy, with no litter and did not feel crowded at all. There is a children’s play area near the lake.
    I will definitely be bringing the kids here.
    Written 8 September 2020
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  • Lucky Star
    1 contribution
    i live right round the corner from this gem of a park and have been going every day since i was a child.
    i usually take my dog to walk here and there are many amazing parts within it.
    i usually start my walk by exiting straight off the path at the top left and going round from there as it is excellent for my dog. then there is a massive field with woods attached to run a dog and the woods make for an amazing scenic walk.
    in the summer you can often watch cricket games on the lower field.
    the lake is very good for runs or scootering little kids.
    the little kiosk is very useful for picnics, surrounded by nature animals. the man running the kiosk, Hitash, is very friendly and deserves appreciation.
    the playground at the top has an amazing makeover and is perfect for your kids to play in.
    the lake can be boated on on sundays and you can fish there outside breeding season.

    in conclusion, this park is the gem of croyden for dog walking, sports, kids, runs, boating, fishing, nature watching, picnics and just meetups!
    Written 25 January 2021
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  • leuveen
    United Kingdom1,070 contributions
    A really nice stretch of river Lea, with plenty of interesting buildings and nice boats. Tends to be quiet even of the weekends, making for a great spot dor a walk. Watch out for the cyclists!
    Written 12 September 2021
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  • Phil L
    6 contributions
    Palm 2 what a little gem in Clapton Pond , it is a general store with a massive twist to it , let me explain. While visiting our son in Clapton we stayed in a apartment in Clapton Pond . New to the area my wife and I went exploring and with in 5 minutes we come across Palm 2. We entered the store with some reservations as it is quite old looking and a bit messy. From here were things change rather rapidly, the amazing aromas that hit you from the home made bread and pastries are to die for . We were greeted by the owner how invited us to taste some of the pastries , a recipe from his mothers just brilliant. We were after a coffee and he said we have the best coffee around , that was fine but no where to sit apparently, here comes the last twist Abdul said follow me out the back we go up the stairs and into this amazing second story dinning room so great and he was right the coffee was top of the wassa . So if in the area this place is a must see and coffee is a must
    Written 10 January 2016
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  • ChrisK
    Larkfield, UK17 contributions
    Spent 24hrs on the S lake at the weekend which is notoriously difficult. Difficult to catch fish I can handle but both my friend and I struggled to find a swim which wasn't overgrown with weed. On the cast, before the rig even touched the bottom it was engulfed in weed. When I asked the bailiff for some advice, he said "they're called pop ups". I couldn't even bother to respond that both of my rods had pop ups on. That being said, it is a picturesque lake which would be so much better if the owners carried out some maintenance and removed some of the weed. Sadly, until then, I won't be back
    Written 21 June 2017
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  • LovelyOnyx
    London, United Kingdom140 contributions
    The Walthamstow Reservois are located half way between Tottenham Hale (Victoria line and National Rail) and Blackhorse road Tube station (Victoria Line and Overground).
    The entrance is located opposite The Ferry Boat Inn pub.

    At the entrance you will see the ranger's office on the right, to enter you must pay a permit ... it is £1/per day for birdwatching more if you want to go fishing.
    To get the permit just take the 2nd door, fill in your details and in the enveloppe provided put a pound coin and then pop it into the letter box located just on the outside of the office.

    Then you can explore around the differrent reservoirs. So just follow the main path by the Marine engine House.

    Please note that NO map is provided so you will need to do your own exploring... twice the fun!

    Summer is the quiet season, but you can still see a few birds.

    It is not really advertised as an attraction as the reservoirs belongs to Thames water so it is really quiet!!
    But as long as you have a permit that's fine ... even so that no one checked it, but you never know.
    On one of the reservoir, you have a hide as well to observe the wildlife.

    Nene geese, swans, heron, ducks, wildfowl, ....
    You will also see the old Copper Mill as a bonus!

    There is plan that the council will develop the reservoirs and officially open them to the public.
    In the meantime, public can still visit it for birdwatching but it is not marketed.

    Toilet facilities: Yes inside the Marine Engine House

    Wheelchair accessible: in theory yes, but it is not paves, just a dirt track, so I guess it will be difficult to navigate around.

    There are 7 reservoirs which you can see.

    The birds will change according to the season.

    For exemple Frebruary will be good to see Heron nesting. November to see some migrating birds.

    For fishing/angling Please contact Thames Water for special permit, only some of the reservoirs are open for fishing.
    Written 24 June 2015
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  • John B
    Godalming, UK18 contributions
    We’ve been spending a lovely week in a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal and really appreciate the amount of work that has been done to maintain the canal and the locks, but more maintenance is needed on some of the lock gates which were leaking badly and difficult to operate.
    Keep up the good work!
    Written 5 June 2018
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  • Ben F
    Bloomington, IN1,256 contributions
    Watching the swans gliding over the glistening ripples of pond water, the ducks hanging out in their funny little groups, and the people wandering around it all—ultimate relaxation and peace is what you’ll find at Round Pond. You won’t regret your visit!
    Written 15 July 2022
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