Wednesday, 11th February 2015

Walk: Ashton, Lea, Lea Town and Cottam
Start Point: The Ancient Oak, Merry Trees Lane, Cottam Grid Reference: SD 504 322
Distance: 5.9 miles Ascent: 250 feet
Time: 2.75 hours
Weather: Dry but a typical grey February day. Cool.
Comments: This was the leaders thirtieth “Promenade” and she was followed by twenty eight faithful followers.  Using some of the pre housing development paths and lanes she passed through parts of the new Cottam to cross the Lancaster Canal.  Here, she joined the Guild Wheel  and followed it for nearly two miles before leaving it to cross the Ashton & Lea Golf Course.  Using a country lane she then joined the Lancaster Canal to walk to Lea Road and on to Cottam.  Cottam is modern conurbation with many paths and green open spaces and the leader used these paths to return to The Ancient Oak for lunch. A good walk and a good meal.  (The Guild Wheel is a joint pedestrian/cycle track which is twenty one miles in length and circumnavigates Preston)

Assembling at The Ancient Oak, Cottam

Pam starts her 30th Promenade

Crossing the road to find Cottam Hall Lane

One of many features in the area

Lea - Guild Wheel - Passing one of the many locks on the Millennium Link

Preston North End players training at Lea

Passing over the Ashton & Lea Golf Course

Same place December 2010

Leaving the golf course

Brew time on Darkinson Lane

An important canalside notice - basically if you hear an air raid siren run like hell

This is a similar notice for canal users ----

at bridge No 19 - in this case if you hear an air raid siren you must paddle like mad

Lea Road Bridge

Part of the group on the Lancaster Canal

Approaching Cottam

Cottam has an abundance of footpaths and green open spaces

It's a-mazing what can be seen in Cottam

One of the many ponds in the area

Warhorse to Water ---

by Thompson Dagnall

Gateways to open spaces

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