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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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  • I grew up around the Lido. I am now in my sixties and have visited there all my life. I go every week. Nice walk not too long for the grandchildren. I do believe dogs should be kept on leads as one ki...  more »
  • Clean tidy and beautiful nature reserve. I visit there daily to walk my dog. There is a easy access path that surrounds the lido and a wonderful cafe on the beach side. Dogs can be off the lead for ha...  more »
  • As stated on the railway's website, Facebook and Twitter pages, the railway is closed for maintenance and re-opens on 11 February. The timetable is shown on the railway's website on the "timetable and...  more »