Avenham and Miller Parks in November 2022
This view is only a couple of hundred yards from Preston Railway Station. Cross the big car park next to the station and turn right heading due south.
The monument in the photo is the Boer War Memorial. Beyond that is the Japanese Garden and beyond that is the Pavilion Cafe and river Ribble.
From the above position on Avenham Park turn right and drop onto the path, then go under the railway bridge into Miller Park. This view is from the river bank path.
The building overlooking the park is the old County Hotel which was a council office for a long time. Beneath it is a statue of the Earl of Derby.
The bridge between Miller and Avenham Parks in Preston
Miller Park, Preston
Below is a photo of Miller Park in Preston, 11th February 2019.
If you're on the railway station with an hour to spare walk through the car park next to the station. Turn right at the south east corner and follow the road. Come out at a small entrance, overlooking the park. Walk to the river. Turn left under the railway bridge to Avenham Park. Cafe first left. Carry on up the hill and walk through the Japanese Garden to the left. At the other side go under the bridge and end up where you started. Climb up back to the road and on to the railway station.
There was once an attractive aviary on the park.
Avenham Park, Preston
Below is a photo of the the cafe and Japanese Garden on Avenham Park, September 2017:
Haslam Park, Preston
Haslam Park, Preston. Bounded by Blackpool Road, the railway line to Blackpool and the Lancaster Canal. Not far from the new locks where the Millenium Link was built to join the canal to the River Ribble.
A drinking fountain in Haslam Park.
Ashton Park, Preston
Ashton Park is a large area of grassland near the docks in Ashton, Preston. It's main area is off Peddars Lane, named after Peddars the old banking family, where the Ashton Park Lodge stands. This has had various uses and was once the English Electric Company club.
Moor Park, Preston
Moor Park, Deepdale, Preston. Next to the football ground. An expanse of sports pitches with a tarmaced drive with large houses and the former Preston Boys Grammar School and Preston Girls Grammar Schools on the south side. On the north side is the Observatory with a large telescope.
South - Miller Park - ornamental park next to the River Ribble.
South - Avenham Park - natural bowl with large Japanese rock garden next to the River Ribble and Miller Park.
East - Moor Park - large open area with observatory, next to Preston North End.
North West - Haslam Park - open area with trees next to Lancaster Canal.
North West - Ashton Park - large open area next to Docklands.
Other parks; Ribbleton, Grange.
Preston Council won a Gold Medal in their return to the show after a gap of 5 years. Their display 'Lazy Days' - instead of working at the treacle well, one of Ken Dodd's diddy men is under the rug in the picnic basket, idling away the time among the sites and sounds of summer.
Photo of one of the display gardeners, well done.
Lytham won a Silver Gilt with the display below titled 'Between Tides'. The last full time traditional Lytham shrimp fisherman is taking a break between tides along the Lytham estuary. While Russell Wignall delivers the catch to his customers on his bike.
See more RHS Tatton in food.
Preston Park Gardeners, Gold Medal winners at Tatton Park RHS Show 2007.
Wallace and Gromit display - Nick Park was born near Preston.
This display was the most popular based on the number of people standing round it. Although other municipalities had also put on great displays, including Blackburn, Lancaster, Bury.