Wednesday, 20th January 2016

Walk: Haslam Park and Aston Park at Ashton on Ribble
Start Point: Lockside Road car park Preston Docklands Grid Reference: SD 506 294
Distance: 5.7 miles Ascent: 250 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Bright sunshine and mild for January

This walk was conjured up at the last minute in order to fill a blank space in the programme.  Departing from Lockside Road the group of fourteen crossed a set of lock gates to reach “The Bull Nose” (where the dock entrance opens onto the River Ribble) before using a short stretch of the Guild Wheel.  After crossing the steam railway line to reach the former dock basin, the group wandered through some of Ashton’s larger and older houses to reach Haslam Park.   From the park, the group joined the Lancaster Canal and headed towards Lancaster and Cottam Lane.  Leaving the canal they then walked down Cottam Lane to reach Ashton Park before entering Docklands to reach the start point.  The leader pointed out things of interest on the way.  A pleasant walk on a spring like day.

The Guild Wheel adjacent Preston Docklands

Fifty years ago this was a thriving busy port -at one time the largest inland port in England

The main entrance to Haslam Park

Haslam Park Duck Pond

Snack time by the duck pond

The Lancaster Canal at Ashton on Ribble

The Lancaster Canal at Cottam Lane

Bridge House - formerly Tanterton House

Alas, there wasn't time to stay and play

The marina at Prestons Albert Edward Dock - Roll On Roll Off, ferries used depart from here for Larne

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