Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Walk: Old Tram Road, River Darwen, Avenham Park, Winckley Square and Preston Junction
Start Point: The Pear Tree Inn, Penwortham Grid Reference: SD 534 273
Distance: 5.3 miles Ascent: 550 feet
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Overcast but dry and mild for time of year

Leaving the Pear Tree Inn, the group of twenty four walked the length of Factory Lane to join the line of the Old Tram Road.  The Old Tram Road consisted of wagons loaded with Coal or Limestone and plied between the Lancaster Canal at Preston and a spur off the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Walton Summit.  Leaving the Old Tram Road, the group followed Hennel Lane to join the River Darwen and then the River Ribble.  The route was then via Avenham Park and Winckley Square before using the Preston Junction Nature Trail to reach Factory Lane.  Retracing their steps along Factory Lane the group arrived at The Pear Tree Inn to enjoy a good meal.  The leader passed on snip-it’s of information along the way.  The History of Winckley Square can be found on the internet.

Passing under the West Coast Main Line at Factory Lane, Penwortham

Crossing the A6 at Walton le Dale

Heading for the River Darwen

The bridge carrying Winery Lane over the River Darwen

Park Lodge on Avenham Park, Preston

Re-entering Avenham Park from East Cliff

Walking on the former bed of the East Lancs Railway

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