Over this past Friday and Saturday we visited The Ruislip Lido and Railway in the far West verges
of London. The trip out was something we had planned all Summer but just never got around to it.
So yes, we virtually left it right to the last day when Britain tasted it's last spell of Summer.
The Lido was once a Reservoir and was first opened as a public pleasure Lido in 1933.
And in 1945 it opened it's well known Ruislip Railway.
Of course it was a surprise to see the Lido virtually empty on the Friday, but with even better
weather predictions for Saturday, it was clear that the Lido would be packed, as it was,
for that final Summer blowout. And even as we left on the busy Saturday, the cars
were still piling in and heading for the Lido Car Park.
Ruislip Village itself looked very quaint and interesting as we came in on the little bus. There was some
old Farmhouse style houses as well as some old cottages. And an ancient old Church in the Village
High Street looks like it's worth exploring next time. The Village reminded me of Mill Hill in North London.
Hopefully another visit next Summer will be a must do next year.
THE RUISLIP LIDO WEBSITE
Above: The Lido Cafe and Woodland Centre
Above: The Ruislip Lido Railway Shop and ticket booth
for the Railway trips.
|(BELOW ) TAKE A RIDE ON THE RUISLIP LIDO RAILWAY WITH|
TIM DUNN FROM THE LONDONIST.
( @mrtimdunn )
|So I bought my single journey ticket at Woody Bay Station and headed out|
through the Ruislip Woods to Willow Lawn Station on the other side of
the Lido pond.
And even though the railway was quite narrow at 12 inches it was a pleasant
and smooth journey.
I was hoping that the engine pulling us was going to be the Railway's most
popular engine 'Mad Bess' but instead it was the 'Bayhurst.'
Apparently 'Mad Bess' was being worked on in one of the holding sheds.
It seems that it's gauge is quite adaptable up to 15 inches.
THE RUISLIP RAILWAY ONLINE HOME PAGE
All boarding and waiting to take off.
And so off into the Woods.
Passing another train returning to Woody Bay Station.
Approaching Willow Lawn Station.
Journeys end at Willow Lawn Station.
The front engine 'Bayhurst' moves forward to the turntable where
it rotates so that it can take the carriages back to Woody Bay Station.
And from here it was a short walk back to the main Beach area.
Above: An aerial view of Ruislip Beach.
(image via Secret London).
THE LOVELY LONDON BEACH YOU CAN
GET TO ON THE TUBE
This is way too crowded!
(picture by @wisemanbrian)
Above: The front of the Cafe area and the Children's Water Park.
Above and below: The main Lido Beach.