Wednesday, 4th April 2012
||Cottam, Ashton, Lea and Lea Town
||The Smiths Arms, Lea Town
||SD 476 311
||An icy east wind but dry.
Temperature approx 4 degrees C. Dry under foot.
||The leader and sixteen other brave souls
ventured out on a very cold and windy day. Joining the Lancaster
Canal at Lea Lane they walked east along the tow path to reach Lea
Road. Leaving the canal they then ventured north for a few hundred
yards to follow a public footpath around recent development at
Cottam. Retuning to the northern side of the canal they then joined
The Preston Guild Wheel. This is a cycle track/footpath 21 miles in
length which circumnavigates Preston and has been constructed to
celebrate Preston Guild. The Guild occurs every twenty years.
Continuing along the Guild Wheel the group passed through the
University of Lancashire sports facility to join the Millennium Link
at Ashton. Continuing along the Link towards the River Ribble the
group passed the Preston North End Training Ground and also the
Ashton and Lea Golf Club. Leaving the Link at Goodier Bridge the
group returned to the normalness of fields and stiles as they made
their way around the back of Lea Town to return to The Smiths Arms.
The paths in general where paved and the absence of stiles allowed
the party to make good progress. This proved beneficial in so much
that the landlady of the pub had asked for an early return in order
that she could accommodate a funeral party at two.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
A cold and windy Lancaster Canal at Lea
A farm access bridge - perhaps they couldn't afford the cost of stone for the
Standing stone faced on the approach to Cottam
Over the bridge they go - note the winter outfits
Name the bird that laid this egg
Some of the upmarket properties at Cottam
Landscaping at Cottam
This horse was stone cold . . .
whilst these beasts snuggled up to keep warm
The Preston to Kendal or Lancaster Canal at Cottam
Bulrushes gone to seed . . .
and a zoomed view
Information about a new cycle route
Locks on the Millennium Link at Lea
A farmer's flock . . .
the leader's flock
Equinal - Lea Town
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