Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Walk: Old Lea Hall, Millennium Ribble Link, Ashton Park and Preston Docklands
Start Point: Lockside Road, Preston Docklands Grid Reference: SD 506 294
Distance: 5.8 miles Ascent: 200 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Sunny and warm
Comments: This hastily arranged walk attracted twenty eight people.  The forecast fog and cloud did not appear the sun shone and it was warm enough for people to cast outer clothing.  The walk was mainly on surfaced paths with just one field and one stile to cross.  The first part of the walk incorporated part of the Guild Wheel (a 21 mile cycle route/footpath around Preston).  After leaving Docklands and the River Ribble the group headed for Old Hall Farm before crossing the Blackpool road to reach Goodier Bridge.  Crossing the Savick Brook, which is now part of the Millennium Ribble Link, the group then crossed the one and only field on the route before re-joining the Guild Wheel for a while.  Leaving the Guild Wheel for Ashton Park the group walked along part of its perimeter path to reach the Docklands area.  Here they strolled past a marina and a steam railway to reach the start point near to the lock gates of the former commercial dock.

Reflections on the River Ribble

Wayside Daffodils at Riversway, Lea

Crossing the only field on the walk

Skirting around the perimeter of the Ashton & Lea Golf Club

A fly past over Savick Brook

One of three narrow boats on the way to the Leeds Liverpool Canal via the River Ribble

No 142 leaving a lock at Lea on the Millennium Link - also on its way to the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Part of the group at Lea

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Ashton Park

Making use of a footpath in Ashton Park

A nest on a pontoon in the middle of Prestons Albert Edward Dock

Returning to the start point via Albert Edward Dock

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