Yesterday I drifted away from the crowds and took off to the park on my new bike. With the sun high in the sky I weaved my way through the crowds and cars clogging up the city centre, down the slope and into the city’s lungs, Avenham and Miller Park. These beautiful, ornate Victorian parks sit side by side next to the River Ribble. Pedalling onto Miller Park I was met with a glorious sight, the blossom trees were in bloom.
I rode on, through the hazy, pink blossom froth and onto the cycle track next to the river. I decided to head east, skirting along the riverside and down the Boulevard. Avenham Park is the starting and finishing point of the Guild Wheel, a twenty one mile cycle track around Preston. I decided that as time was limited I would cycle just four miles to Brockholes Nature Reserve.
I pedalled on, past the farmer’s fields alongside Fishwick Bottoms – one of my favourite parts of the Guild Wheel cycle – and onwards. Clad in my Winter coat, scarf and gloves I began to warm up. Oh what a lovely sensation! To feel the soothing warmth of the sunshine.
It took little time to arrive at my destination. I soon settled down with a brew, outside the floating, lakeside cafe, to watch the wildlife whilst basking in the sun’s rays. What bliss.
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Junction 31, M6 Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0AG Telephone 01772 872 000