With the weather so good at the moment it seems rude not to take best advantage. Friday evening, after work, we revisited some childhood memories. Both of us have visited Ruislip Lido before but it was a long time ago and it’s cleaner and much more inviting now!
We’ve parked in Kings College Road, from where it’s a short walk into the Woods. They are clearly well used and well loved…and rightly so! In a congested part of suburban London, places like this are to be treasured. Memories of wide games and British bulldog come flooding back…as do autumn blackberry picking expeditions, planned like military operations. We used to return home with more blackberries than Mum could reasonably process and lived off jars of Bramble jelly and blackberry and apple pies well into the following winter.
As we skirt the far side of the lido its clear that some of those original blackberry bushes are still here and a couple re-introduce themselves to me as we push our way through the paths in Mad Bess Woods. We loop back through Ruislip and are back at the car in no time. A short 4.9miles walk in the evening sun that evoked lots of happy memories!
Ruislip Lido picture gallery (more pictures on Flickr):
Distance: 4.9 miles ; Difficulty: Easy
Postcode for Satnav: HA4 8BH