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Old 06-08-2013, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lidos and Open Air Swimming In the UK

The sun came out in the UK for the first time since 2005 (or was it 1976) and the idea of swimming in refreshingly cool water whilst catching some sun made some brief sense, without the risk of bits falling off.

My local is in Cheltenham - the Sandford Park lido. It's a bit of an historic gem, what with councils slashing budgets to pay for translating the benefit forms into Slovak etc.

How many of these places are still left? Are they worth preserving? Or do you prefer swimming in a perspex cage with the chlorine fumes mingling with the unwashed?

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I reckon you could chart average temp in Cheltenham better using the attendance numbers at the Lido than asking Michael Fish
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This is My local outdoor pool.The Strand in Gillingham. I am yet to swim there.Looks cool though.
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This was closest one to me when I was in the UK,

Brockwell Lido - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brockwell Lido | Brockwell Park Dulwich Rd SE24 0PA | Sport venues | Time Out London

Never actually swam in it....
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Hampstead ponds are quite nice, good chance of getting 'cruised' by a gay man as well
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This is My local outdoor pool.The Strand in Gillingham. I am yet to swim there.Looks cool though.
Been in there a few times but a lot of rough people who do not meet my standards use it.
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Trouble is in the UK lidos and the sea are bloody cold.

Apart from the lido in Wandsworth, heated and a wave machine!
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Trouble is people pee in those pools, in fact I've done it myself, the last time I nearly fell in when the lifeguard blew his whistle at me.
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I learnt to kayak in that pool as a kid, and swam there quite a few times, but haven't been in it since. All I can remember is feeling sick as a parrot after swallowing so much salt water.
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^ it wasn't the salt in the water, nor probably the 'pee'...
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This is My local outdoor pool.The Strand in Gillingham. I am yet to swim there.Looks cool though.
Fantastic day today,a dream came true,I swam in here today,brilliant.
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Well remember one in Fleetwood as a kid. So cold it turned your manhood into something resembling a peanut.
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^ that was part of the joy,My nuts last looked that good when I was ten.
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refreshingly cool water tried by some leads to cramp and death around the UK in old gravel pits and rivers ,around 6 so far this summer
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This is My local outdoor pool.The Strand in Gillingham. I am yet to swim there.Looks cool though.
Fantastic day today,a dream came true,I swam in here today,brilliant.
Swimming in there is a 'dream come true'?
You're taking the piss surely.











Dreams come true maybe.

But this?



I don't think so (unless you have very dull dreams)
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My local is in Cheltenham - the Sandford Park lido. It's a bit of an historic gem, what with councils slashing budgets to pay for translating the benefit forms into Slovak etc.
I think I might have used this lido back in 1976...very hot year that brings back a memories. Nice to see that it has had a recent refurbishment; I may take a look when I am over later in the month. I did all my training in Pittville Park swimming pool though....

Thanks for sharing...
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^ looks foreign. Horrible food, gassy beer and they only speak Getman or local patois. They dont even use proper money.
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Ruislip Lido was nice, as I can remember.

I wasnt there in 1976 or 2005 so I can't comment on any swimming.
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Didn't know they still had lidos. Used to go to one in Hilsea in Portsmouth as a kid. Great fun. Then we moved to HK and had all the beaches, as well as the pools in HMS Tamar and our Forces schools and our block of flats. Sort of spoilt lidos for me after that...
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I preferred the one in BKK between Vibhavadi Rangsit & Lad Prao..
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We have Saltdean lido near us in the UK,not been water to bloody cold.
Saltdean Lido
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We have Saltdean lido near us in the UK,not been water to bloody cold.
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Back in the days when it was England for poms and a pint or two was the heroin of the day.

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