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Lido Luverliness!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Fab Foodie, 8 Jun 2008.

  1. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    One of the few noteworthy features of Abingdon is the fact that it has a small but beautifully formed Lido, right by the verdant banks of the Thames (which today was virtually in flood).
    Me Mrs FF and the lad went for a lovely swim in its cold waters (well, 24C apparently) during the mid-afternoon heat and I lazed about for an hour and a half in its cool clear waters. Fantastic.

    We're lucky still to have it, the Council have threatened to close it many times. The fact is it could be a gold-mine with the right input. So this afternoon I wallowed and gave thanks.

    The Lido is one of the British greats, those that remain (mostly in Art-deco/nouveau style) must be preserved and new-ones should be built. Nothing beats swimming outdoors in a cool pool on a hot day! ;):biggrin:
  2. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Interesting. How big is it?
  3. col

    col Veteran

    They closed our local one down,walton lido near barnard castle,that was a nice place.Not sure why?
  4. OP
    Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    What the pool? Or... after the cold water!

    It's small really, though it says 40m it's an L shape with max 20m on each arm... 40m is stretching it a bit!


    You can just see a canal boat moored on the river in the back-ground.

    Theres also a water fountain park for kids next door which is free.
  5. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    This is our nearest Lido. It's a lovely bit of architecture but I haven't been since the kids were young. I swim in the sea if I want a dip.

  6. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    I still can't believe they filled in the salt water outdoor pool in Scarborough!!!

  7. Jack the dog has a paddle in Ruislip Lido from time to time. In 1963, Cliff Richard was there for filming of Summer Holiday ;) and Kenneth More - the original Titanic...I'm old enough to remember:wacko:
    Water Ski jumping too - The Old Spice (who hasn't worn it?) Championships and there is a nice model railway around the perimeter, with Woody Bay station!
    All surrounded by four big woods, with a golf club on the side too.
  8. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Are you allowed four woods in your bag?
  9. Down tiger! :biggrin: Anyway rich, that lido in your parts is a classic building I think - a 30's 'ship of the land' type of thing...

    (Doh - I'm going to have a look at your link now I have seen it!!:wacko::biggrin::becool::becool::becool:)
  10. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    My Local Lido is'nt so local
    but this is it
  11. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

  12. OP
    Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    The pics here convince me even more, that Lidos need our support.

    Give 'em a swim this summer.

    Rich P, theat Saltdean one is a classic beauty!