KirkhamPreston

Kirpre two
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By Mary Oz on 06 Apr 2022


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14km/9mi

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Description

This is a viable route between Kirkham and Preston to replace the unviable KirPre 1. It uses quiet roads and the canal for most of the way

This is a viable route between Kirkham and Preston to replace the unviable KirPre 1. It uses quiet roads and the canal for most of the way

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Reviews - 1

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (1)

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Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Maybe present Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Maybe present Picnic table (1)
Not present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Maybe present Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Maybe present Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Maybe present Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Maybe present Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 50.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unsigned (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

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There is no data on how much of this route is on roads

There is no data on how much of this route is lit at night

Thereis no data on amount of route paved

There is no data on muddiness

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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3X April 2022 by Mary Oz
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

Kirkham
Grid Ref SD4267832171
Lat / Lon 53.78271° / -2.87142°
Easting / Northing 342,678E / 432,171N
What3Words tides.hindering.skins
Preston
Grid Ref SD5346429122
Lat / Lon 53.75638° / -2.70728°
Easting / Northing 353,464E / 429,122N
What3Words join.sleeps.than

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review


Mary Oz

06 Apr 2022

Leaving Kirkham, the first 30% of the route follows roads. There are pavements until the far side of Treales, with its rather lovely, expensive-looking houses. The roads are fairly quiet. The route meets the Lancaster Canal at the Hand and Dagger pub which appears to be open, including for food, from 12 every day, except Mondays and Tuesdays. There is a flight of shallow steps down to the towpath.
The next 57% of the route is along the canal, which is generally very pleasant. However, the first half is within the emergency zone for the Westinghouse nuclear fuel manufacturers. If the siren goes off, you need to rush back to your boat and close doors and windows, so let’s hope that doesn’t happen. There is a test siren at 2pm on the first Tuesday of certain months. The canal is also in the path of the new M55 link road construction, but I don’t think that will cause disruption to this route now, as the bridge looks complete.
After passing Cottam, there is a café at the UCLan Sports Arena (The Final Whistle). Shortly after this is the entrance to the Millennium Ribble Link. This canalised river, Savick Brook, was opened in 2002 to connect the Lancaster Canal to the River Ribble and the rest of the canal network, for the first time in its history. It’s worth a quick detour to look at the locks and where it goes under the railway.
Next, the canal passes Haslam Park where another detour is possible. From here the canal route becomes more urban, but the towpath is still hidden from most of it, and has some interesting gardens backing onto it. The end of the canal is rather abrupt, at Aqueduct Street appropriately enough. It used to continue to just past where Preston Station is, to meet the Tram Bridge at Avenham Park, where goods were transferred to horse-drawn trams to be transported across the south of Preston and on to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This last section is completely built over though, largely by university buildings.
The road route from here to Preston Station passes St Walburge’s Church with its incredible spire, and then several county council buildings.


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