As the nights get lighter it makes it easier to get out and about on the Guild Wheel during week nights.
We’ve taken a look at what TripAdvisor users have to say about the 21-mile cycle route around Preston.
They are generally full of praise for the loop of the city, with an average rating of four and a half stars out of five from 232 reviews.
It is the fourth most popular thing to do in Preston for visitors.
Chris A said: “I go round the wheel regularly as I live close to it and it’s a great, largely traffic free cycle path. It takes you through some beautiful areas of Preston which you ordinarily might not have a chance to see. There are good café stops on your way round, including the café on Avenham park, and the café at Brockholes nature reserve, where there is also an excellent playground for the kids to enjoy.”
Preston CollerKing went for a five-star rating, saying: “Brilliant way to circumnavigate Preston by bike or walking. Get to see plenty of areas of Preston, which you might not ordinarily see. From Parks, to river side paths, country side segments and rural areas, with a little bit of civilisation.”
StephanieB908 uses it to escape the city: “This is an excellent safe cycle route that is shared with dog walkers so cycle slow and safely at all times. It’s good to cycle all the way around and also use as a part route to get out to Lytham areas.”
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Hoddy_9 said it had taught about new places in Preston: “This route is great and if you just like to cycle or like to race this wheel is good for you. It goes round Preston and you get to see places you have never seen before. If your q beginner then that’s also fine and you can just take your time and stop off at the many places along the way . Best to do it in the summer but all year round is ok and people even do it at night.”
Robin is thankful it happened: “I think this is easily the best legacy ever from the Gulld. We use it regularly as a dog walking route and I have cycled around it with friends (the free wheelers) so many times over the last few years. As it is largely off traffic heavy routes it is safer and much more fun to ride on than the normal road network.”
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Kayleye said: “Well laid out route and good signposting. The route is safe and away from traffic, cycle path all route.
Lovely countryside and views on the way round. Not too difficult terrain, worst part from Cemetery back down the steep hill to Brockholes.”
Not everyone is happy though, as Staffsbo3 complains the wheel has become dangerous for pedestrians.
He writes: “I live in Preston and have watched the guild wheel from the very beginning, the idea and the wheel is I’m sure is very enjoyable for its many cyclists. The problem I find is that like many projects started by Preston council, it started with a quality job and ended, let’s a say a botch up job. The guild wheel took many footpaths that have been just that, footpaths for the 50 years I recall the area, many elderly dog walkers, one blind old man in particular,are afraid to walk there dogs in the area any longer, due to the excessive speed some cyclists travel at.I’ve heard of many collisions and even of a dog being killed. Im sure the cyclists enjoy it, but I don’t know of one pedestrian with that view.”
Do you ride the Guild Wheel or walk it? Where is your favourite spot on the route? Let us know in the comments below