Wednesday, 10th June 2015

Walk: Avenham Park, Preston Junction, Penwortham
Start Point: Car park, Hill Road, Penwortham Grid Reference: SD 524 280
Distance: 5.25 miles Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Sunny, warm and dry
Comments: This non pub walk started from Hurst Grange Park, Penwortham, car park and twenty one people took part.  It was thought that there may have been as many as sixty but it turned out that there was a free South Ribble B.C walk starting at the same time.  The route was by way of the River Ribble on the Penwortham side and across into Avenham Park by way of The Old Tram Bridge.  Here a break was taken at the café before exploring the Japanese Gardens in the park.  The route was then through Preston Junction, which is now a nature reserve and former railway line, to arrive at Factory Lane near to a former mill (now in ruins).  The route then continued to emerge on to Leyland Road near to Skew Bridge.  From there it was on to Bee Lane and through rural landscape to arrive at the Kingsfold Estate.  Using urban off road footpaths, the walk then meandered through suburbia to reach the start point.  The trees were in full leaf and birds serenaded the group as they passed through a number of wooded areas on route.  The walk was within a two mile radius of Preston Railway Station

A reflection in the River Ribble of a property on Riverside, Preston

The former Park Hotel which had direct access to Preston Railway Station - now offices, owned by Lancashire C C

A large family of ducks on the River Ribble

View time on the Old Tram Bridge

The bridge in the forefront is the former East Lancs line which is now Listed and pedestrianised - the other bridge over the Ribble is the main West Coast line

Part of the Japanese Gardens in Avenham Park

Reflections in the pond of the Japanese Gardens

Crossing an ornamental bridge in the Japanese Gardens

Using a path at Preston Junction

On a slight incline between Factory Lane and Leyland Road

The first of only two stiles on the walk

Approaching Kingsfold Estate

The Route

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