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Freckleton—Preston
Frepre one Double check Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 99m Descent 97m
Freckleton—Preston
Frepre two Verify me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Fulwood—Preston
Fulpre one Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 27m Descent 49m
Fulwood—Preston
Fulpre two Verify me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 25m Descent 41m
Kirkham—Preston
Kirpre one Double check Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 89m Descent 87m
Kirkham—Preston
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Preston—Bamber Bridge
Prebam one Double check Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 48m Descent 70m
Preston—Bamber Bridge
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Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Prebla one Review me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 356m Descent 267m
Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Prebla two Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Prebla three Review me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Preston—Leyland
Preley one Double check Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 97m Descent 82m
Preston—Leyland
Preley two Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Preston—Longridge
Prelon one Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 26m Descent 120m
Tarleton—Preston
Tarpre one Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 83m Descent 78m
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Preston, Wed 7 December

Sunny day

Preston’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SD5346429122

Lat / Lon

53.75638° / -2.70728°

Easting / Northing

353,464E / 429,122N

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Preston's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Stearsb added Prebla three, a new walk from Preston to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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From Preston station rather that leaving via the main exit I left by an exit near platform 7, both work, but the one near the bike hub is the best. Follow the footpaths past the car parks towards a bridge and a striking building on East cliff. There is a footpath below the bridge but it has been closed (gate) on occasions if it is open pass through as it leads you straight to the bridge over the Ribble. If it’s closed take the stairs to your left as shown on the GPX track. If you would prefer to avoid steps then head to ///plug.small.badge and then follow East Cliff Rd until you arrive at Avenham park. Avenham park has a cafe and free toilets should you feel the need. The section of the walk to Bamber Bridge is very enjoyable, it’s a good surface, you have to cross a minor road and there is a narrow gap 62 cm but it should present any issues (see picture). Bamber Bridge has shops, cafes, and toilets (behind Morrisons which you pass). The route passes through a pleasant park, past a sports centre and then to Brindle Rd. The route upto Gregson Lane follows minor roads and does offer some pleasant views on route. From ///poker.radio.partly to ///cornering.occupations.pokes there isn’t a footpath but the road was very quiet when I walked it. Footpaths return and you soon pass the Boars Head Pub which was serving food when I passed by. There are 2 bus stops outside of the pub that will take you to either Blackburn or Preston if the 7.3 miles you’ve bagged is enough or if you need a wheel friendly route. If you carry on from here wheels will be a challenge. After you pass ///lined.appraised.marinated you encounter a narrow foot bridge, stiles, muddy tracks, uneven steps, and animal in fields. The walk is pleasant and easy to follow apart from the change of path near ///orange.spider.dishes. You emerge onto a road and turn left, passing houses on the left. You turn right before you reach the garage buildings on your right. This stretch leads you to Alfred Wainwright memorial and view point, and the views (weather permitting) are definitely worth the trouble. The route through Billinge wood is tricky to follow and you may want to head to Billinge End road when you get to ///given.dark.warm (the map suggests that there are mountain bike trails in the wood, although I didn’t encounter any bikes). After you exit the wood you follow Under Billinge lane, this is a very quiet track without a footpath (apart from the section just before you reach Lawley road). The rest of the route follows suburban roads with footpaths....

Stearsb

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From Newton with Scales to Lea Town the walking was mostly on minor roads without footpaths I really didn’t enjoy this part of the walk....

Stearsb

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The route passes Blackburn Cathedral, and then the college. Leaving the woods to cross fields the route is well signposted as Witton Weavers Way. The good waymarking and lovely route of WWW continues, often with glimpses of Preston in the distance, until you’ve crossed the River Darwen. I have walked the remainder of the route before, as PreBam Two, and it is very nice and very easy (once you’ve walked a couple of suburban roads), all along a quite rural-feeling cycle track, before you cross the River Ribble and arrive into Avenham Park and the centre of Preston....

Mary Oz

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Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Mary Oz added Prebla two, a new walk from Preston to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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It is necessary to go around the car park and into Avenham Park via East Cliff Road, as per PreLey Two....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Kirpre two

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Kirkham—Preston

Mary Oz added Kirpre two, a new walk from Kirkham to Preston

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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. 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. 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. The road route from here to Preston Station passes St Walburge’s Church with its incredible spire, and then several county council buildings....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Kirpre one

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The designer of this route wouldn’t have known, but it also happens that there are major road works going on here which block this farm track....

Mary Oz

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The route follows this canal past a few locks, on a tarmacked cycle track, then crosses some pleasant housing to reach Ashton Park. After this there is Riversway Docklands, with some refreshment options, and then (via a level-crossing of a small heritage railway line) the cycle path alongside the River Ribble for most of the remainder of the route to Preston Station....

Mary Oz

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Freckleton—Preston

Mary Oz added Frepre two, a new walk from Freckleton to Preston

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Mary Oz surveyed Preley two

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Preston—Bamber Bridge

Mary Oz added Prebam two, a new walk from Preston to Bamber Bridge

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Preston—Leyland

Mary Oz added Preley two, a new walk from Preston to Leyland

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The entrance to the cycle path that forms the bulk of this route, is through a cycle barrier which is 62cms wide at the top (see photo). The cycle track is a really pleasant rural route right into Preston....

Mary Oz

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Leaving Preston via the car park and East Cliff Road, Avenham Park is accessed via some steps and sloping paths. A few more quiet roads (with a bench near the middle) take the route to the second rail-side field crossing of this Slow Way, which is a bit more pleasant, finishing around the side of an industrial park, and onto the road again....

Mary Oz

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It is possible to stay on the railway line a bit longer than this route says, but sadly, not all the way into Grimsargh, and it is necessary to use the pavement alongside the fairly busy B6243, until a tricky road crossing takes the route back onto the old railway line briefly, through a narrow strip of parkland. The footpath away from the industrial estate and on to Green Nook Lane was tricky to spot, but it leads to a pleasant route into Longridge, culminating, appropriately, at the former railway station, now a café....

Mary Oz

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On leaving Freckleton, it is necessary to cross the busy dual carriageway A584 then walk alongside it on the grass verge until the footpath it spotted, hidden behind a tree. This takes you into open fields (which could be muddy) where the changed field boundaries mean the route has changed slightly, but it isn’t too bad to navigate if you look ahead for the crossing points. Another footpath takes you under a pylon to the busy A583 dual carriageway, which is a slightly tricky road to cross....

Mary Oz

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This isn't an ideal Slow Ways route because of the extent of road walking but I am familiar with the area and in my view this is the best option for a direct walking route, comprising a mix off off-road paths (some tarmac) and quiet roads. Some more quiet road walking follows, there is then a lovely section through Alum House Wood and across fields before joining the Witton Weavers Way at Close Farm. About half a mile later the recommended route leaves the Witton Weavers Way at SD 64465 27601 (///hungry.wells.sting) but thereafter a short section near Lower Fold appears to go through a back garden....

AndrewH

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Exiting Preston centre via East Cliff Road (rather than the inaccessible place shown), it takes you through Avenham Park, across the River Ribble bridge and southwards to join the Old Tramway route through to Bamber Bridge. It’s all very green, flat, comfortable and quiet with only the last 1.5km in a built-up area. Requires a short detour via Brownedge Road underpass to avoid crossing the A6 roundabout....

sasumner

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Overall, not a particularly glamorous route, although it starts with a 3km trek through Avenham Park, across the River Ribble bridge and southwards via great tracks in quiet green surroundings. The remainder includes some busy roads through Lostock Hall and Leyland and the off-road sections run directly alongside the West Coast Main Line railway. One such section was overgrown and not pleasant to navigate....

sasumner

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Preston

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Mary Oz surveyed Fulpre two

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Mary Oz surveyed Fulpre one

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From Preston railway station the route goes through the pedestrianised shopping centre, past a Shopmobility centre, then heads up past cafes and shops, then the university campus (UCLAN). It passes through housing areas to reach the A6 next to Moor Park. The historic Observatory can be seen in Moor Park, and the A6 is a wide straight road with interesting large old houses either side....

Mary Oz

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I think this route would probably be accessible for good mobility scooters and buggies with the odd bit of judicious road crossing to avoid certain kerbs and overgrown hedges, but I have no personal experience to judge this....

Mary Oz

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Doesn't really add anything to what any navigation App would suggest as it follows major/busy roads through North Preston. All roads suggested have pavements and pedestrian crossings are available where necessary. One of many possible urban routes between Fulwood and Preston City Centre; direct but not very interesting....

AndyMolyneaux

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Fulwood—Preston

AndyMolyneaux added Fulpre two, a new walk from Fulwood to Preston

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Preston

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Burnroyd surveyed Prelon one

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The largely rural section between Longridge and Grimsargh is pleasant enough; it has a few potential obstacles, including stiles, unsurfaced tracks and livestock, but there is an alternative route on the paved footpaths alongside the B6243 between these two places....

Burnroyd

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Preston

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Preston

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Preston

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From there surely the old A59 through Much Hoole, Little Hoole, Walmer Bridge and Longton would be a better slow route, with a wee detour round the Brickcroft at Longton....

Wendy G

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Freckleton—Preston

Slow Ways added Frepre one, a new walk from Freckleton to Preston

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Fulwood—Preston

Slow Ways added Fulpre one, a new walk from Fulwood to Preston

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Kirkham—Preston

Slow Ways added Kirpre one, a new walk from Kirkham to Preston

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Preston—Bamber Bridge

Slow Ways added Prebam one, a new walk from Preston to Bamber Bridge

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Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Slow Ways added Prebla one, a new walk from Preston to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Preston—Leyland

Slow Ways added Preley one, a new walk from Preston to Leyland

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Preston—Longridge

Slow Ways added Prelon one, a new walk from Preston to Longridge

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Tarleton—Preston

Slow Ways added Tarpre one, a new walk from Tarleton to Preston

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