Christmas is a time for staying close to home so here is a walk close to my home.
Distance: 5miles 9k
turn left and then bear left to follow a path of sorts that edges along the perimeter. Now in trees drop to a footbridge to the left and then keep ahead through a gap
leading into the meadows. Cross these to the far right corner where a metal kissing gate
places you on Cycle route 62. Turn right.
When you reach Cop Lane turn left crossing the slip road for Golden Way
and then right using traffic island to assist you over this busy junction. Turn into Cromwell Road and almost immediately turn left onto a footpath taking you into Oak Avenue. At its end turn left onto Broad Oak Lane. Here you re-join cycle route 62 and keep on it until you reach Liverpool Road. As Broad Oak Lane reaches a conclusion or at least a roundabout follow the cycle path
to the right before the roundabout with the Brown Hare on the far side. Keep right to join Bank Top Road.
At a convenient place cross to the pavement in front an area of green space. Follow Bank Top Road as it swings left and then at the far side of the park turn left onto a cycle path
between trees and a wooden fence. Keep on this as it turns right after 100yds. This leads pass All Hallows Catholic High School
into Howick Moor Lane. Keep ahead on the lane until you reach Liverpool Road.
When this reaches the gateway to the house bear left to follow the track through the farmyard.
After the next gate keep ahead as the track leads down onto the flood plain of the River Ribble. This is a place where the pylon is king yet in not an altogether unattractive way. After a gate
keep ahead across a large field and continue alongside a hedge. After passing the United Utilities plant on the right
(part of Preston's flood management system) cross a stile and climb steps to arrive on the banks on the River Ribble.
soon tarmacked as it enters Riverside Park.
On the far side of the river first Preston Dock entrance
and then St Walberge's Church engage interest. The spire is the tallest of any parish church in the UK. After passing below the new road bridge
leave the park
and arrive on Liverpool Road. Cross the road (at busy times it may be necessary to cross the bridge and use the traffic lights to assist you) and follow a path down to Penwortham Holme playing fields.
Keep on the un-made road until you reach Leyland Road. Again this can be very busy at peak periods so cross with care and turn right and then left into Valley Road.
A footbridge over Golden Way
will take you to the continuation of Valley Road and back to the entrance of Hurst Grange Park.