King's Cross Pond by boxplayer

King's Cross Pond

The peaceful King's Cross Pond - an unlikely, surreal oasis of natural calm in the middle of the building site that is King's Cross. It's the UK's first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond and uses naturally filtered water, so no nasty chlorine smells - in fact it smelt gorgeous and fresh.

Woke up and checked the weather - not that warm - 17, feeling like 16, and showers expected. Was beginning to think that booking a swim in this unheated pool was not the best idea.

But after Dave sorted us out with a halloumi on toast breakfast, we dug out our swimming gear and plenty of warm things and headed out. Turns out as we walked to the station, it was much warmer than we'd expected and we were soon taking off our extra layers.

Got to King's Cross well in time and managed to find the canny little exit that takes you out half way up King's Boulevard. Walked up towards Granary Square then past the college and the new developments and on to a pretty green space called Lewis Cubitt Park. All along the way, there was lots of lovely wildflower planting.

Found Lara waiting for us outside the pond entrance - and we waited and chatted for a short while until we our entry time came round. Then went in. Turned out that we were the only swimmers there and had the whole pond to ourselves - amazing.

Got changed in the cubicles, just about managed to force myself under the cold shower, then we went poolside and grabbed some loungers.

Lara was first in and I then followed after, gritting my teeth and being very brave by going straight in. It was of course freezing - but only for about a minute. I was soon acclimatising beautifully and soon started to enjoy being in that lovely clean fresh water - with wild flowers all around, water lilies, reeds, damselflies flitting about and the odd bird diving low to land in the flower beds.

Occasionally people would peer curiously at us from the viewing platform and it was very odd swimming with all the building site work going on all around. Managed to stay in for a good 20 mins then we got out and enjoyed the continuing sunny intervals by lounging on the loungers.

Then got dressed and walked back down to the station area and went into Vinoteca for a lovely set lunch: smoky sprats, mullet fillet and a cheese plate for me (with a nibble of Dave's chocolate torte). Also tried some of their fizzy red wine which was very nice. Food was very yummy and they let us off the 12.5 per cent service charge as we had to wait for a while for the main course. But we still tipped.

Then Lara went off to pick up her kids and Dave and I had a look in Hatchards for the wild swimming walks book - had to hunt for it for a bit, but eventually found it and bought it along with a book on Swimming London.

Then we went back home - the sun was still shining when we got home, so I sat out in the garden reading for a while before going in and doing some 365 pic uploading.

Then off to Pilates and back for yesterday's cauliflower soup.

L is for lavender http://365project.org/boxplayer/365/2016-06-15
Pond http://365project.org/boxplayer/extras/2016-06-15

15 June 2016
King's Cross N1C
I've been here, it's a lovely spot
June 15th, 2016  
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