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You are responsible for your own safety and that of your dog. The walks listed in this blog are not detailed guides. Plan your route! Click the landrover image for safety advice from Bowland Pennine MRT.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A walk around Preston Docks

Easy flat walking on good paths. Some off-lead walking on the riverside path next to the River Ribble. About an hour.

For the many people who seem to google the distance around Preston docks it's 1.46 miles using the footpath which leads round the main basin, crossing on the main road/rail bridge! This walk is a little further.

Todays walk was nice and gentle. We parked at the Bullnose (car park at Preston Docks and followed the signposted riverside footpath along the banks of the Ribble. Unlike our experience of the stretch downstream from the Bullnose this was a nice walk. Perhaps todays sunshine had some positive impact but the steep banks (you can see the old ship moorings in parts) prevent a build up of tidal rubbish and I expect that this had a major part to play. Strangely for a walk so close to the City and the busy Dock area, we passed only a handful of other people along this peaceful riverside stretch.

After a mile or so a signed path leads across the railway tracks to the docks. We completed our trip with a walk past the cinema, up the opposite side past Morrisons and past the Preston Marina and its coffee shop. On a sunny day it gets busy here, but it was pleasant enough and gave us a chance to practice walking at "heel".

A nice clean walk for a change.

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Doggy rating 5/10

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What!? No mention of pubs?!

Dogs Dad said...

Fair point! There are two pubs en-route, which isn't bad for a walk of this length. There's the Ribble Pilot and the Waterfront. Both overlook the docks or marina and have some tables outside so you could enjoy a drink in the sunshine. Not sure if they're dog friendly inside. Of the two, the Ribble Pilot always seems to be the busiest, particularly with diners!

Anonymous said...

The Waterfront is now a rather nice Italian restaurant, don't think dogs are allowed inside, but there's covered outside seating around the sude away from the dock, as well as the dockside seating.