Sunday, 16th February 2014

Preston, Penwortha & Howick
Start Point:
Penwortham cemetery car park
Grid Reference: SD 524 280
Distance: 8.25 miles Ascent: 500 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Wall to wall sunshine
Comments: This was a walk with a difference. There were only three stiles and one waterlogged field, the remainder of the walk being on firm/surfaced paths. This made a change from the recent walks with ankle deep muddy fields. Leaving the start point the group headed for Miller and Avenham Parks in Preston making use of the Ribble Way/Guild Wheel Cycle track. On the way the leader pointed out things of interest and local history. From Avenham Park the group then used old railway tracks and paths through “Open Areas” in Penwortham to reach Howick and its cross. Continuing down Howick Cross Lane the group re-joined the Ribble Way as they walked back towards Preston and the start point. The weather was very kind insomuch that the sun shone all day and it was quite warm for February.

John's now an OLD GIT at 65 years

Miller Park overlooked by the former Park Hotel

The fountain on Miller Park

A former Park Keeper's Lodge on Avenham Park

Part of the Japanese Garden on Avenham Park

Part of the Ribble Way and Guild Wheel at Avenham Park adjacent to the Ribble

A terrace of houses tucked away off Marshall's Brow in Penwortham

Passing an old pond at Marsh Way, Penwortham

Howick Cross at Howick Cross Lane Penwortham - commemorating peace in 1919

A big boys toy on the Preston Dock side of the River Ribble - Ribble Steam

The one and only field on the walk - a little wet underfoot

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