Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Walk: Lea, Ashton and Cottam
Start Point: The Smiths Arms, Lea Lane, Lea Town Grid Reference: SD 476 311 
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: Little
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Breezy with a hint of drizzle fairing up later

This circular walk used quiet lanes, field paths, part of the Guild Wheel and Tow Paths.  Taking a quiet lane to the west of Lea Town the group of fifteen then crossed a couple of fields to join the Guild Wheel (a 21 mile cycle route around Preston).  Leaving the Guild Wheel to pass under the railway the group entered the UCLAN Sports Complex to visit the Final Whistle Café.  After a short break the group then joined the Lancaster Canal to reach Lea Lane and the Smiths Arms.  A group of four, more mature members, took a shorter walk of three miles in the same area before meeting up with the main group for lunch at the Smiths Arms.  The food and service was good.  (At one time Lea was divided by the Savick Brook.  The land to the north was English Lea and that to the south, French Lea. (

A lane near Lea Town

On the beaten track

A cafe available to Ramblers and cyclists using the nearby Guild Wheel

Leaving the Final Whistle Cafe

Sub Soil Investigation work in progress in relation to
a proposed new link road from Lea to the M55

An Iris and a Fly

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