The Lancashire city of Preston is in a great location for walkers. It's a short drive from the fabulous Forest of Bowland and has some lovely waterside footpaths along the River Ribble which passes through the southern part of the city.
This walk takes you through some of the city parks before picking up a riverside trail to take you out into the countryside where you can visit the lovely Brockholes Nature Reserve. It's about a 5 mile walk to the reserve, 10 miles there and back. You'll use two of the waymarked long distance trails which pass through Preston. This includes the Ribble Way and the Preston Guild Wheel which is a shared walking and cycling path.
The walk starts in the pretty Avenham Park, which is located in the city centre, close to the train station. The expansive park has nice wide lawns, a Japenese Garden and a riverside cafe. You can follow paths down to the River Ribble which runs through the southern section of the park.
The Ribble Way then heads east through the park to the Fishwick Bottoms Nature Reserve, where there's some nice woodland trails to try. You continue past the Fishwick Hall Golf Course before coming to Brockholes. It's a splendid area having been transformed from an old quarry into a wetland and woodland nature reserve. There's miles of surfaced trails to follow past 250 acres of pools, reedbeds and woodland. The site also includes the nation's first floating visitor village with a cafe where you can enjoy a wide range of snacks.
To continue your waterside walking in Preston head to Maudlands and pick up the Lancaster Canal. You could then follow the towpath north west to Haslam Park and then out into the countryside.
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Walks near Preston
- Ribble Way - Follow the River Ribble through the beautiful Ribble Valley from its mouth at Longton, near Preston, to the source at Gayle Moor in Yorkshire.
You start at Longton just to the west of Preston and follow the river through Ribchester and Clitheroe, before reaching Gisburn
- Preston Guild Wheel - This circular cycling and walking route takes you on a tour of the parks, rivers, docklands and countryside around Preston in Lancashire
- Brockholes Nature Reserve - This lovely nature reserve near Preston has lots of nice footpaths to follow around a series of lakes
- Avenham Park - This large park in Preston town centre is a great place for a safe cycle or walk
- Lancaster Canal - Follow the Lancaster Canal from Preston, in Lancashire, to Kendal, in Cumbria, on this splendid waterside walk or cycle