Wednesday, 18th February 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Middleforth, Hurst Grange Park, Penwortham, Preston Junction. Avenham Park and Miller Park.
Start Point: Continental Pub, South Meadow Lane, Preston Grid Reference: SD 533 285
Distance: 5.8 miles Ascent: 152 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Overcast
Comments: Pam Pickup led 22 people on an urban/country walk. Starting at the Continental the route took us along side the River Ribble, crossing by Penwortham Old Bridge into Middleforth (derived from middle ford). The route then went by Valley Road across Hurst Grange Park to Cop Lane. Passing through suburbia the route then took us to an old railway track and a smelly Mill Brook before reaching Pope Lane via a churned up bridle path. After taking refreshments in Green Lane the route continued via field paths to cross a very busy Penwortham by pass to Bee Lane and Leyland Road. The last part of the route was via the former Vernon Carus Factory, Penwortham Junction and an old railway track into Avenham and Miller Parks. The fountain in Miller Park was in full spate and being watched by a group from the “Lottery Committee”. (Lottery money must have been used in its restoration).

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Hurst Grange Park

 

Pam and Vera wondering in the woods . . .

 

by a smelly Mill Brook

 

Gateway gossip

 

Christine chatting with Margaret

 

Heading for Avenham Park

 

The old tram bridge over the River Ribble

 

Margaret takes the right steps

 

Fountain in Miller Park

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