Out and About: Ruislip Lido

Writing about the open properties last week made me think about other local outings in the area.  One of our families favourite local outings is at Ruislip Lido. 

The children moan when we suggest a walk round, it’s become a little hackneyed for them, but really we always enjoy it, either meeting up with friends or just us strolling round.  Poignantly for us it was the place of my wife’s mum’s last outing before she succumbed to cancer.

You can simply do a circular walk is around the Lido which on most parts is surrounded by woods.  The route is all paved now and is wheelchair accessible. 

There used to be rare breeds cattle in the fields to the northern side of the Lido which we liked to watch (from a safe distance). 

Feeding the birds also used to be great – especially watching the children, then toddlers, disappear under a badling of ducks.  As I explained to the wife, no harm done and it was character building.  To discourage vermin and similar behaviour feeding the birds is now discouraged.

For children there is a lovely model railway run by dedicated engineering enthusiasts, a beach and wonderful play area.  There is couple of good car parks but we prefer to park on the side near Kings College Playing fields and walking up through the woods to the Lido.  It makes the walk a little longer which we enjoy.

A lovely walk on a Sunday afternoon!  I don’t think I am alone – Trip Advisor reviewers call it the Number 1 attraction in Ruislip.

Ruislip Lido Twilight