Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Walk: Preston’s suburbs of Cadley, Fulwood, Ingol, Cottam and Ashton on Ribble
Start Point: Haslam Park, Ashton on Ribble Grid Reference: SD 518 308
Distance: 5.7 miles Ascent: 470 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Mainly sunny but cool

This walk was hurriedly provided to fill an empty space in the programme.  Although the start was not from a pub, which is usual, thirty-six people took part in this pleasant walk through the suburbs to the north and west of Preston.  The walk was on field paths, tracks, surfaced paths and canal tow path.  Even though the route was within a half mile of the M55 there was no vehicular noise and in places one could imagine being in the Lake District and not alongside Sharoe Brook.  Sadly a football training ground, 450 dwellings and a park are in the early stages of development on the former Ingol Golf Course, which may affect public footpaths in the area.  After passing through part of Fulwood and Ingol the walk continued towards Cottam to the UCLAN Sports Centre for a convenience stop and, for some, a slice of toast or two.  The walk then continued along the Lancaster Canal towards Preston and Haslam Park, leaving it to cross a Nature Reserve which is on the site of the former Bostocks Farm, to return to the start point. (The author remembers seeing horses been driven to the farm via Bristow Avenue which is the road into Haslam Park).  Another good walk.

The start of the walk along Birstow Ave - many moons ago
this avenue led to Bostocks Farm - now a nature reserve

Alongside Sharoe Brook

The rear of the group - alongside Sharoe Brook

Heading for Cottam

This camera shy young lady was from the nearby UCLAN sports ground -
she denied that she was in training for the next Olympics

This sign is on the site of the former Bostocks Farm

Information about Haslam Park

History of the park - which was gifted to Preston by Mary Haslam in 1910

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