Itinerary - Green Preston
Visit Preston to explore its vast mix of historic parks, green spaces and unique wildlife spots...
Offering stunning period parks, beautiful outlying countryside with breath-taking walks and the ever popular Guild Wheel - a scenic 21 mile cycle route linking the city to the countryside - Preston provides plenty for outdoor and nature lovers.
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Start the day with a visit to Avenham and Miller Parks, one of the finest examples of a Victorian Grade II listed Parkland in the North West.
With beautifully maintained green space in a chilled setting by the banks of the River Ribble, the park offers a feast of Victorian gems around every corner. From a beautiful listed fountain, overlooked by the Earl of Derby memorial statue, to Sevastopol cannons, there are plenty of interest points to treat the eye!
Before leaving, you may also want to stop by the park's Pavilion Café to take a few blissful moments out for a coffee or bite to eat.
Once done, en route back to the city centre, take the Ribblesdale Place exit to take a stroll through Winckley Square. The square is a charming green gem and one of the finest examples of Georgian squares in the North of England.
Pack a picnic for lunch, then head to the Guild Wheel to explore Preston’s surrounding urban and rural environment. At 21 miles, with various entry and exit points, you can challenge yourself to the full circuit or jump on a section that suits you. Taking in canal sides, historic docklands and scenic nature reserves – including Brockholes – there is something for everyone.
For those who fancy a more relaxed affair, why not take a trip to Beacon Fell Country Park to sample Preston’s neighbouring rural delights by foot. Bragging 271 acres of stunning woodland - with quirky sculptures and top views over the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe bay - it makes a great place to visit for those looking for something to do outdoors.
Keep the explore theme trending with a choice of world eats and independent bars offering something a little different from your usual restaurant set up. From Caribbean cuisine to an underground wine bar and deli counter, you certainly won’t be stuck for choice.
Map address points for Explore Preston Itinerary
- Avenham and Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JT
- Winckley Square, PR1 3JJ
- Guild Wheel Start Point, Avenham Park Pavilion, South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JP
- Brockholes, Preston New Road, PR5 0AG
- Beacon Fell Country Park, PR3 2EW