Sunday, 26th June 2016

Walk: Worden Park, and urban tracks and footpaths to the west of Leyland towards the Lostock Valley.
Start Point: Tesco car park, Leyland Grid Reference: SD 541 217
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 100 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Rain throughout but thankfully not too heavy – just damp!!
Comments: Only Jane, a resident of Leyland, could have found this interesting route for the six brave souls who ignored the forecast and turned up for a Sunday afternoon walk.  We welcomed new comers Helen and Tony and Jane’s young assistant Katy.  From the car park it was just a few hundred yards to the main entrance to Worden Park where we took advantage of the facilities whilst people decided that waterproofs were going to be necessary after all.  The little trains, we counted four engines! were doing a roaring trade. 
The footpaths through the park are really well maintained, passing through open park land and woodlands. We then set off into the housing estates!!  It’s amazing how the developers have incorporated these pleasant walking routes through some interesting housing areas and along small streams and gulleys.  We reached Jane’s home at the half way point and had coffee or tea, served in the gazebo which just about managed to house five of the seven to keep out of the rain.  We admired her pretty garden and one or two of us spotted a Jenny Wren, cursing the cat!!!  We continued onwards and walked a stretch alongside the Lostock River and admired the developing blackberries – BUT, they would be very difficult to access at harvest time.  What a waste!!!  The final part of the walk involved a little road walking before we joined our outward path back through the park and to the Tesco car park.
Thank you Jane for a lovely walk in miserable weather, and your generous hospitality.


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