Friday, 14 May 2021

Visit to Ruislip Lido

Times have been tough during the last year with the Covid situation. With so many lockdowns and restrictions taking care of your body and mind became even more important. Working from home, homeschooling and spending so many hours indoors can make us fatigued and depressed. 

During this time my family and I took to walking, exercising in an open space which was permitted within the covid restrictions. It meant that we could get some fresh air and also get our daily exercise whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery. 

Our regular visits to Ruislip Lido has kept us fit and healthy and helped us remain sane during the lockdown. Ruislip Lido is a reservoir and artificial beach in Ruislip, within the London Borough of Hillingdon, England. The Lido and woods span over 726 acres is is the perfect place for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 

There is a play area set on the beach with climbing frames and a pirates ship, swings and slides. There's also a children's splash pad with water jets, masses of playground equipment and toilets with changing rooms. 

There is a area with gym equipment for adults and a small railway that goes around the 60 acre lake that is home to swans, ducks and geese.

The lake is surrounded by ruislip woods and there are many walking trails through the woods. The walk around the lake takes approximately 45 minutes if done leisurely and is really beautiful and picturesque. We really enjoy the walks around the lido and always take pictures as the scenery is always changing with the seasons.

On my walks, I always take my Selfie bag with me, which is really useful. The Jute Selfie Bag from Cotton Bag Co is large enough to carry my water bottle and a snack together with all the products it comes with.

The Selfie Bag contains:

  • Bluetooth tripod selfie stick: get the perfect angle with a Bluetooth selfie stick to connect to your phone. This selfie stick is perfect for group photos, holiday snaps and for when you want to get your whole outfit in the pic.
  • Pocket for Selfie Stick: a handy pocket for that vital bit of kit….the selfie stick.
  • Zip top: the whole bag has a zip across the top for added security and so that you can be rest assured that nothing will come tumbling out.
  • Pop up reflector: to get the perfect lighting for your selfies we’ve included a pop-up reflector which comes tucked up in its own mini bag.
  • LED ring light: if the reflector doesn’t quite cut it, then give the LED ring light a go. This ring light handily attaches to the top of your phone, plus it comes with a lead to charge and has 3 settings so you’re sure to get just the perfect lighting.
  •  a selfie stick that has its own little pocket inside the bag, a mobile ring light and a set of miniature reflectors in a  zipped bag that clips inside the bag. 

The handie selfie stick works using bluetooth and also has three foldaway legs in the handle that converts it to a tripod if needed.

I captured some lovely photos using my selfie stick and managed to get a couple of clicks by using it as a tripod too. The selfie bag is my favorite item to take on my days outs so that I always have everything I need to capture amazing photos and I can add extra in the bag saving me having to take multiple bags out.

The woods have lots of  are picnic benches dotted around so you can stop and have a rest, enjoy the birds, wildlife and recharge your mind with a cup of coffee and snack. There are many clearing in the woods,which are perfect place to take a yoga mat and practice some outdoor yoga too.

There are lovely wildflowers and bluebells dotted around and plenty of other flowers to enjoy.

There is a coffee shop with outside sitting where you can purchase food and drinks and refreshments. The trails in the woods are all signposted and of different lengths to suit every walker. A mini railway runs through the woods and is a nice ride especially for kids.

You can just pop to the Lido for your morning walk but can easily spend half a day at Ruislip Lido. There is also a restaurant at the lake called Waters Edge, which has both outdoor and indoor seating areas, where you can enjoy a lunch or dinner or just drinks whilst enjoying the beautiful views.

What have you been doing to keep fit and healthy during lockdown? Do share your experiences in the comments below.

#gifted I was sent the selfie bag to use, all views and opinions are my own.


  1. I am fed up of lockdown now, it is really depressing you are right. I find solace in walking too.... especially in nature. wonderful blog, I might go out for a walk now!

  2. I have heard plenty of good things about Ruislip Lido and have been meaning to visit! Looks like the perfect place to spend some time.

  3. It looks really lovely here. I love the pirate ship playground. And the exercise playground looks really good too.

  4. I've lived not that far from Ruislip Lido for quite a while but still never been, I may have to make a trip there when the weather is a bit nicer x

  5. We live near the Peak District and so I have been doing lots of walking in the nearby woods and hills.

  6. Beautiful place - jope to visit soon

  7. Looks like a lovely play area and great amount of gym equipment for adults too.


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