Day 078 : Banks – Preston

Today I resume my walking challenge after a little time off with my wife who is recovering after cracking her sternum.

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I walk along the Banks marshes which are very flat. This part of the country is the market garden of England with lots of farms that grow and process fruit and vegetables.

As I walk towards Hesketh Bank I pass  a garden With a steam traction engine all nicely restored sitting on the lawn. It’s a hot day today so I stop for a cold drink and an ice-cream.

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Today involves a lot of walking alongside roads but at Walmer Bridge I divert through a series of lakes. It’s like a little oasis where I stop for my lunch. The authorities have done a good job in encouraging the wildlife to return to this habitat. It seems quite a popular place with the locals who can stroll around the lakes and stop at seats and viewing points.

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I only planned to walk to Penwortham, but I continued along the River Ribble for a couple of miles to the outskirts of Preston where I could cross the River.

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