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Ruislip Lido, Ruislip
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Ruislip Lido is a reservoir and artificial beach in Ruislip, within the London Borough of Hillingdon, situated between Ruislip Common, Ruislip Woods (a Site of Special Scientific Interest), and Poors Field.Originally opened as a feeder reservoir for the Grand Junction Canal in 1811, the reservoir was reopened in 1933 as a lido, with facilities for swimming and boating. A narrow gauge railway, the Ruislip Lido Railway was opened in 1945, and now runs about two thirds of the distance around the reservoir.Having fallen into a state of disrepair during the 1970s and 1980s, the lido has since undergone renewal works, and was the subject of an enhancement project unveiled by the London Borough of Hillingdon in January 2010. The project involved the return of boating and swimming in the reservoir, which had previously not been possible due to pollution and an artificially low water level.HistoryConstructionThe Grand Junction Canal Company purchased of Park Wood from Kings College, Cambridge, of land from the commissioners and of the cottages and gardens of the hamlet of Park Hearne. The valley that the land covered was then dammed and flooded.The reservoir was opened on 5 December 1811 as one of the feeder reservoirs for the Grand Junction Canal by engineer John Rennie and constructor Hugh Mackintosh. The link to the canal did not fulfil its intended purpose, since the water became polluted by the land and was eventually stopped as a feeder in 1851.
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  • Well organised for a day out. Nice views, great walking distance for the kids and most of all the train ride that the kids can't wait to have. Could be amazing if they have better food served on the t...  more »
  • Many people are unaware that Ruislip Lido even exists and it is such a joy to discover it. There are two large, free car parks, a miniature, working railway, restaurant, cafe, adult exercise park, chi...  more »
  • My husband and I get to Ruislip a couple of times a year and it never disappoints as far as facilities and views are concerned. I saw some birdwatchers watching the ducks and swans etc., there were fa...  more »