Day 079 : Preston – St. Annes

Today I walk from the big city on the River Ribble to the open sea.

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Like many riverside cities the dock area has seen many changes as it has been redeveloped into a marina with retail outlets and apartments. The port was one of the first touse the roll on, roll off ferries. The cost of dredging the river and the slower turnround of ships saw the docks decline.

As a child I remember passing through Preston on the way to Blackpool. There were big warehouses alongside the dockland road and a railway track crossing the road from one of these warehouses.

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There is a pleasant walk along the river through the old docks and marina. I pick a route through the marsh but I came to a dead end with Sewage works and other industries. I back track and walk along the main road.

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I pick up the Lancashire coastal path around Warton, the big BAE Aerodrome and factory. I have to say that the path was not very well signposted and I ended up walking some of the way on a rough stony beach. The factory is now part of the manufacturing setup of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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It’s pleasant to reach Lytham with its windmill, seafront and wide promenade. While I eat my lunch I can see over the estuary to where I was walking yesterday.

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I continue my walk to St. Anne’s passing Fairhaven Lake, an artificial sea water lake. It’s a local beauty spot where you can go boating in the summer or take a stroll around the lake.