Walk No. 63
Despite the weather forecast suggesting a wet afternoon, 12 intrepid walkers, suitably attired, met at Morrison’s car park on Blackpool Rd at Ribbleton at 1.45p.m.
From the car park, we descended onto a well maintained tarmac path which was to follow the route formerly occupied by the single-
In those days, wagons were horse drawn from Preston uphill to Longridge and ran back by gravity as far as Ribbleton, and became horse drawn again the final 2 miles to Deepdale and subsequently tunnelled under parts of the town to Maudland Goods Station.
The Sandstone was used in a goodly number of well-
Along the route, sections of stonework could be detected at various intervals as former platforms, where would-
It was at this stage, that arriving at a suitable bus shelter equipped with Bench seats, that we paused for a coffee break.
On resuming the walk, we re-
The three former reservoirs are now more or less a nature reserve, and we skirted around the edge taking in views of lapwings skimming across the water.
Our final route took us towards Shay Lane Industrial Estate where we turned through a housing area and emerged back onto the main road, and in order to return to our starting point awaited a bus which duly arrived at4.50
Those of us with bus passes were able to use them, the younger element, who could well afford it, forked out £2.20, but for 3.5hours exercise and companionship, it was well worth it.