Wednesday, 18th July 2012

Walk: Miller Park, Avenham Park, Middleforth Green and Hurst Grange Park.
Start Point: The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston Grid Reference: SD 534 284
Distance: 5.3 miles Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 2.75 hours    
Weather: Overcast at first with sun later
Comments: Although a weather warning regarding heavy rainfall was given for today, no rain fell. This meant that the twenty six participants enjoyed a pleasant urban walk through two Preston parks, Avenham Park and Miller Park and then after crossing the River Ribble, Middleforth Green and later Hurst Grange Park. Pam the leader connected the parks by using mainly paved paths that passed through anything from an avenue of trees, grassed public spaces to the odd field. Only three stiles had to be crossed and not a single cow or sheep was evident. A good leisurely walk followed by good food.

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Preparing for the start at the Continental

 

This part of the Ribble Way is also part of Preston's new Guild Wheel - a 21 mile circular Footpath and Cycle Track

 

The cultivation of lamp post floral displays at Miller Park

 

Entering Miller Park

 

The fountains of Miller Park

 

The Earl of Derby keeps an eye on the group

 

A Jubilee display on Miller Park - restored after being vandalised

 

The Japanese Gardens in Avenham Park

 

A Tree Maiden in Avenham Park - seen on recce day

 

The Harris Institute - one of Preston's old buildings

 

Avenham Colonnade - recce day

 

Pam explains that this Preston Guild Year occurs every twenty years

 

One of a pair of canons overlooking the River Ribble - perhaps they are to keep the Ramblers at bay

 

The Guild Wheel incorporates a footpath

 

Crossing a swollen River Ribble via the Old Tram Bridge

 

Entering Middleforth Green Penwortham

 

Granddad Brian and Grandson followed by Len and Des leaving Liverpool Road

 

Three young ladies loitering in a park at Middleforth

 

Re-crossing the River Ribble on the Old Penwortham Bridge with two local girls

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