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National Geographic names two Cambridgeshire lidos among the best in the UK

The lido’s popularity faded as foreign holidays became cheaper in the 20th century – but a recent resurgence in outdoor swimming has brought them back into the spotlight

Lidos have lost popularity since their golden age in the early 20th century when local councils built more than 160 in the UK.

At the peak of their popularity, lidos were the centrepieces of their local communities, offering a place not just to swim, but to relax, catch some sun (when it appears) and have a bite to eat. 

However, the appeal of these outdoor pools sadly wore off as foreign holidays became cheaper.

But a recent resurgence in outdoor swimming has brought lidos back into the spotlight.

National Geographic magazine compiled a list of the 10 best lidos in the UK, and two Cambridgeshire spots appeared on the list.

Peterborough Lido came in at number one, while Jesus Green Lido, the longest of its kind in Britain, was named the eighth-best. 

Photo Terry Harris

The lido is no stranger to accolades, having previously been named one of the UK’s best swimming spots by the Times earlier this year.

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