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These are Preston’s hidden gems

Posted on - 16th July, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Opinion, Things To Do

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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 #lancashire #preston #woods #sunday

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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

You can control the lights on the grotto yourself with the new control panel Pic: Peter Kelly

You can control the lights on the grotto yourself with the new control panel Pic: Peter Kelly

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.

Mystery Tea House

Mystery Tea House - Shelves with teas

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.

Bullnose at the Docks

Sunset from the Bullnose Pic: Paul Melling

Sunset from the Bullnose Pic: Paul Melling

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.

Longton Brickcroft nature reserve

Ducks on the lake at the nature reserve Pic: Paul Swarbrick

Ducks on the lake at the nature reserve Pic: Paul Swarbrick

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.

King Karai

King Karai

It’s our favourite curry in Preston. Looks unassuming from the outside, food is fabulous inside.

The Dolphin Inn

The Big Ugly Burger!

The Big Ugly Burger!

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

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