Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Walk: Greaves Town, Haslam Park & Ashton Park
Start Point: Car Park Lockside Road, Preston Dock Grid Reference: SD 506 294
Distance: 5.75 miles Ascent: 200 feet
Time: 2.75 hours
Weather: Rain, Hail & overcast (brilliant sunshine after the walk)

Starting at the lock gates (Dock/River Ribble) the group of fifteen set off in the rain to partially follow the Guild Wheel to Riversway.  Using an underpass under Riversway they then emerged on to Larches Estate to use public footpaths to reach Greaves Town Lane.  After crossing Blackpool Road to Lea Road the group took shelter to avoid a heavy rain/hail shower.  Walking down Lea Road a Preston Bus obliged by drenching some of the group with surface water that was running deep in the gutter.  However, being dressed in waterproof gear the water was repelled.  Leaving Lea Road the group then followed the Millennium Ribble Link to Tom Benson Way.  Being the last walk before Christmas the group stopped to partake of the Mince Pies provided.  From Tom Benson Way the route was alongside Savick Brook before turning onto a former farm track (to Ingol Lodge – now demolished) to enter an old entrance gate into Haslam Park.  After walking around Haslam Park Duck Pond and a quick look at the Lancaster Canal the group left the park by another gate and proceeded to Ashton Park.  A quick history lesson was given at Ashton House, on the park, after which, the group returned to the start point via the Marina on the former Albert Edward Dock.  The leader pointed out things of interest on the way round (“The Boring Bits”).

No camera due to inclement weather but taken 6 years earlier . .

these subjects were on the same route

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