Sometimes Preston doesn’t get painted in the best light, but tens of thousands of us choose to live here and we know the corners of tranquillity that make it a very special place.
As the summer holidays approach we’ve looked at the hidden places, and not so hidden, which make our city great.
There’s plenty to explore and here’s some of our favourite places to visit and grab some food at.
Walk along the brook at Conway Drive
A quiet corner of Fulwood, although it is nestled next to the West Coast Main Line. Park up in Conway Drive, walk through the rec and you’ll see a footpath at the end. You can head off down under the railway bridge and then walk your way along the side of Sharoe Brook. It’s great for a dog walk on a hot day as the trees keep it nice and shady. The footpaths have all recently been redone.
Miller Park grotto
Recently restored this is never too busy. In a corner of Miller Park there’s water trickling down and it is also lit up at night. A romantic place to spend a quiet moment.
It’s become a favourite with Cardinal Newman College students, apparently. Down the twisty Cannon Street there’s an abundance of teas and a very chilled atmosphere. Also does food. If you like tea, you’ll like this place.
There’s few better places to watch the sunset. Head to the end of Wallend Road and you’ll get to the Bullnose. The Ribble ebbs away out to the estuary and there’s a great view back towards Preston as well.
Venturing a little out of the city and it’s worth it for a walk round this tranquil and fairly new nature reserve. Head down the A59 and this is also a good fishing spot if you have a permit.
It’s our favourite curry in Preston. Looks unassuming from the outside, food is fabulous inside.
This takes some finding, but it’s worth it for a) the views b) the food c) specifically THIS burger. Head through Longton, down Marsh Lane and just keep going out into the marshes and you’ll find the pub.
Where did we miss? What’s your hidden gem? Feel free to add them in the comments below