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Guild Wheel

Route length21 miles (full route)


The Guild Wheel is a 21-mile walking and cycling route, encircling Preston and providing a link from the city to the countryside.

The Wheel is a great way to make the most of the many forms of landscapes that make this city what it is - by rambling river and canal sides to ancient woodland, city centre parkland, historic docklands and attractive nature reserves.

Full route or quick cycle

The Guild Wheel is a must for all outdoor activity and cycling enthusiasts. You can challenge yourself to the full route or join at one of the main entry points for a quick cycle, stroll, or explore. You will also find many places to stop off along the way, including places to eat and drink which can be spotted on the Guild Wheel Google map. Pubs and cafés include The Continental, near the official starting/finishing point, the Ancient Oak in Cottam, and the Final Whistle Café at UCLan's Sports Arena.

Start and finish point

The official start and finish point of the Guild Wheel is the Pavilion Café, located by the River Ribble in Avenham Park.

Download the map

Whatever route you're taking, make sure to download the Guild Wheel map (PDF) [3MB] so you can take it along with you.

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Map address points for the Guild Wheel

Guild Wheel cycle path official starting point

  • The Pavilion Cafe, Avenham & Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.

Guild Wheel car parks

Some car parks listed require payment.

  • Frenchwood Recreational Ground, Esplanade, Preston, PR1 4PJ.
  • Behind Shawes Arms Pub: off London Road, Preston, PR2 5AX.
  • Brockholes, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG.
  • Preston Crematorium, Longridge Road, Preston, PR2 5BP.
  • Near Broughton High School: off Garstang Road, Preston, PR3 5JB.
  • Lockside Road, Preston, PR2 2YS.
  • Maritime Way, Preston, PR2 2HT.
  • Maritime Way, Preston, PR2 2YN.

Guild Wheel facilities

  • The Pavilion Cafe, Avenham & Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.
  • Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG.
  • UCLan Sports Arena, Tom Benson Way, Preston, PR2 1SG.