Walking is a great way to keep fit and see things you would otherwise miss. Preston is full of historic buildings, parks and an attractive river.Advertisement
Access from public transport is good, and this walk can be done from either the Preston Station or the Bus Station.
So, lets get started.
This walk is 2.65 miles long and the grade is easy. It can be done in 1.5 hours including stops. The start point is on Fishergate opposite Mount Street.
Head down Mount Street past the Post Office. On the right, you will pass the derelict St Joseph’s Orphanage.
At the bottom of Mount Street, turn left on to Garden Street and then out on to Winckley Square. This historic Georgian square is a good place to get your flask out, have a coffee and take some photos.
Next, head south from Winckley Square towards Avenham Park and the River Ribble. Pass between some gate posts and enter the park.
Head right and pass to the left of the Japanese Garden, then head for the river. Close to the river is the Pavilion Cafe, of dubious reputation.
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Next, facing the river, turn right, and follow the bank under the main railway bridge. Carry on along the road and river, and eventually you will reach Penwortham Old Bridge.
The bridge was built in 1759 and was originally on the toll road to Penwortham. It is now only used for foot traffic and is a scheduled ancient monument. Cross the bridge and turn left, again following the river and going under the main railway bridge.
Keep going until you reach the old East Lancashire Line Railway Bridge. Just before the brick arch, head right through the trees until you can get on to the embankment. Turn left and admire the views from the original bridge. The Victorian Park Hotel sticks up in the distance.
This is the final part of the walk. Cross the old railway bridge and drop down on to the riverside path. Turn right along the river bank towards the Old Tram Bridge. At the bridge go half right and then up some steps to the white building on the left; this is Tower House.
Continue along Bushell Place to Avenham Lane. Turn right and then left down Chaddock Street. At the bottom turn right down Cross Street. Here on the left, there is a choice of streets that all lead back on to Fishergate.
Glovers Court can be used, but most have a choice of wine bars and cafes.
You can also cross Fishergate, here, to get to Friargate and the centre of the city including the Harris.
Another aspect of walking for pleasure is the natural landscape, including flowers, trees and wildlife. The tree types below are common in mixed deciduous woodland and can be seen in Avenham Park.
Ash trees have a narrower oval leaf. Ash is one of the more common trees although it is threatened by Ash dieback.
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