The Guild Wheel

Walk Leader- Si Jones
Number of walkers- 8
Distance- 22 miles
Weather- Sunshine
Meeting on the car park opposite McDonald's on Preston docks eight intrepid hikers headed out clockwise around Preston's Guild Wheel. It was our intention to get the boring long stretch of Riversway past the car showrooms knocked off quickly at the start. Once we had used the old farmers access bridge across the A583 we were into some excellent countryside alongside Savick Brook heading towards Lea. Its was a lovely warm sunny day at the start and got better and warmer throughout the day. Once past Lea we navigated through all the new housing developments being thrown up in the Cottam area crossing the M55 (on a bridge) and heading on towards Broughton, all the while being assailed by cyclists (Steve was getting grumpy!) Once past the Broughton we headed for Peters Garden for our lunch stop, through some beautiful countryside with the sun shining down on us. Peters Garden is a wild garden dedicated to Peter Rimmer Ward MBE the architect of the Guild Wheel who passed in 2017. This was our half way mark. Moving on crossing another motorway, this time beneath the M6 towards the bleak industrial landscape of Bluebell Way and a comfort break and a coffee stop at Starbucks (other generic coffee shops are available). From there past Recycling Lives and though the peaceful serenity of the Crematorium and through some stunning countryside to pass Brockholes and alongside the Ribble on the way to Avenham Park. By this time it was getting hotter, the general consensus was upwards of 24/25°C. The park was busy with families, cyclists, walkers, runners and general Joe Public all making the best of one of the few sunny days so far this year. Out of the park we headed alongside the new river defenses towards Preston Docks and crossing the River Ribble in the swing Bridge and back to our starting point opposite McDonald's. A great walk with some excellent company even though we were only 6 on our return, two dropping off at various stages for various reasons. I hope you all enjoyed this walk and weren't too disappointed at the complete lack of any boggy fields and puddles to splash though. All in all a polar opposite to my first walk as leader (I'm sure some are still drying out from that one.) Thank you.