Sunday, 17 June 2012

Preston Guild Wheel RIde

Today we took advantage of a rare dry day to ride a new regional route that's due to be officially opened next month, The Preston Guild Wheel which circumnavigates the city

We set off on the Witton Weavers Way and I ventured into areas I'd never been before.  A lovely ride through the borough of Blackburn with some beautiful undulating roads and lovely little villages towards Preston.

Darwen Tower from Pleasington

We headed for the newly opened nature reserve at Brockholes which links a number of cycle routes and is where we joined the Guild Wheel.  We went anti-clockwise, which in terms of hills was possibly slightly more challenging than the other direction. But there was a good mix of ups & some cracking downs. The paths are in great condition and it's a pretty route.  Some glass is already on the trails, and hopefully it wont get worse. Thankfully no punctures.

Some of the signs were missing and it took some skillfull detective work and the use of some phone apps to be sure we were on the right track.  I imagine all the signs will be in place for the opening in afew weeks time.

A coffee and cookie at the docklands about 3/4s of the way round the wheel helped keep us going for the last 15ish miles back home (spot the boat bicycle)

Preston Docklands

The cookie certainly helped on the last few miles drag back up into the Pennines.
Really looking forward to seeing which route the NCN6 will take betweek Blackburn and Preston once it's finished, but for now, the road will have to do.

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