Pinner to Ruislip Lido circular walk – 10 km (6.5 miles)

Pinner to Ruislip Lido
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This is an easy 10.3 km walk from the centre of Pinner almost to the top of Haste Hill and then down an around Ruislip Lido. The return route is back via Ruislip Woods, Eastcote Cricket Club and the Celandine Way.

The highest point is 95m, near the top of Haste Hill, with a good south easterly view and the total climb is only 124m.

Beginning in Pinner

Our party gathered outside the Beer Asylum in Pinner. Here group leader, Lawrence waved around his book “10 walks Around Pinner” and suggested we follow one of them. As nobody was brave enough to offer an alternative we headed up Bridge Street following Lawrence book in hand.

Just after the Police station we turned right into the Little Common.

Lawrence with book in hand

This area is a quiet space just off Elm Park Road that was unoccupied on our Tuesday morning except for a middle aged gentleman exercising. At the opposite end of the Little Common is a Basketball Hoop surrounded by tall oak trees. We marched on through this area to an alleyway at the far side. Here we turned left down a cut through and rejoined Elm Park Road.

We spent the next ten minutes crossing backwards and forwards over the Metropolitan Line. Our first view of the tracks was from the bridge on West End Lane. We entered Pinner Recreation Ground which on a Tuesday morning deserted, but I’ve been assured is a hotspot for local drug activity.

At the opposite end of the Rec. is another alley and this leads to another bridge back over the railway and into Pinner Green. The next crossing was on Cuckoo Hill. From here we followed a footpath that led to Tolcarne Drive. A long time ago my wife and I bought our first property in Tolcarne Drive and I am glad to say it still looks very respectable.

Up to Haste Hill

Following a cut through, off Tolcarne Drive, the path opens out into fields and stables. However, it looks like the whole area is about to be developed into flats or some other commercial enterprise.

At this point the group decided to abandon the original plan. Lawrence put away his book “10 Walks around Pinner” and we set off up Norwich Road.

I was surprised to see a row of Art Deco houses on one side of the street. The other side was inhabited by standard 1930’s suburban homes.

After climbing to the top, passing Haydon School, we arrived at a patch of open land near to Haste Hill. The view from the highest point on the walk is excellent.

London Panorama

It’s all downhill from here to Ruislip Lido. At the northern end of the Lido we passed Haste Hill Station, part of the miniature railway that would be operating if not for Covid. As we walked along this section a dog walker warned us about cows at the exit. We ignored the advice and walked on. However, when we arrived at the gate there was a group of about 8 obstinate cows blocking the way out. Fortunately none of the party suffers from bovinophobia and we all found a way through.

The Lido and home

By now some of the party were getting desperate for a coffee so we headed around the Lido to the start of the miniature railway. Here, the desperate paid for a caffeine fix.

We left the Lakeside Cafe behind and headed through Ruislip Woods. There was hardly anyone around on this section of the walk so it was very pleasant. On the other side of Ruislip Woods we arrived at the bottom end of Joel St.

We crossed the street and into the area dominated by Eastcote Cricket Club. One of the group mentioned that this was once the site of a fortified farm house with moat. There are references to a Haydon Hall which once occupied the site of the cricket club. This Hall was originally built in 1630 and was one of the three major houses of Eastcote.

Can these Elms survive Dutch Elm Disease?

The final stage of the walk took us back to Pinner via the Celandine Way which follows the River Pinn. There are a group of small Elm trees planted here which are part of an experiment. Scientist are testing different varieties of Elm to see which are least susceptible to Dutch Elm disease. The disease virtually wiped out the Elm population of Britain in the 70’s and 80s.

Like all our walks the highlights of the Pinner to Ruislip Lido ramble is chatting to friends, sharing their insights into the world, forgetting the daily problems and savouring the fresh air.

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