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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, England, 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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  • First time of going to this beautiful place. It's so clean and child friendly free parking but get there early for a space, very reasonable pricing for the miniature train ride around the lido. The be...  more »
  • This is a beautiful venue that is free to enter, free car parks. It has a miniature railway, that travels from the car park to the beach area, there is also a beach with sand but you are not allowed i...  more »
  • Can buy a nice cup of coffee and cake from the cafe at the beach end.Good play area for children and kids love the beach area for digging/making sand castles. Not allowed in the water though which is ...  more »