2021

SD5428 : National Cycle Network signposts, Avenham Park, Preston

taken 2 years ago, near to Preston, Lancashire, England

National Cycle Network signposts, Avenham Park, Preston
National Cycle Network signposts, Avenham Park, Preston
The signpost in the foreground indicates several routes of the National Cycle Network. Routes 6, 55, 62 and 622 all converge here, in Avenham Park.

In the background is a National Cycle Network "Millennium" milepost.
National Cycle Network Mileposts

1000 Millennium cast iron mileposts were funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland to mark the creation of the National Cycle Network, and found along the cycles routes through the UK.

There are four different types of posts, "Fossil Tree" by John Mills, "The Cockerel" by Iain McColl, "Rowe Type" by Andrew Rowe, and "Tracks" by David Dudgeon. The four artists are from each country of the UK though all posts can be found in all four countries.

Read the National Cycle Network article Link

Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston :: SD5328

Avenham and Miller Parks are adjoining Parks that lie in the picturesque Avenham valley on the north bank of the River Ribble close to Preston city centre and rank amongst the finest examples of traditional Victorian parkland in the country and are Grade II* listed on the English Heritage Register of Historic Gardens. The parks are separated by the East Lancashire Railway embankment and linked through ornate railway arches.

Both parks were designed and created by the renowned landscape architect Edward Milner during the 1860ís. At this time the American civil war was raging and Preston and other North West cotton towns were experiencing a cotton famine due to a shortage of raw material from America. The parks were built as public works to keep cotton workers employed and prevent the social and economic problems associated with high unemployment. Miller Park is named after Thomas Miller (1811-1895) who donated the land to the west of the railway embankmentto Preston Council.

Although the parks were designed by Milner to be a "harmonious whole", his design created two distinct parks. Avenham Park became a romantic style garden whilst Miller Park is more formal in appearance with ornate floral displays. They were opened by HRH the Duke of Cambridge on 3rd October 1867.

Following a successful Heritage Lottery Bid, Avenham and Miller Parks have benefited from a substantial restoration. This project was launched in March2006, with the final phase of the restoration completed in 2014.

LinkExternal link Avenham and Miller Parks Leaflet (pdf format), Preston City Council

National Cycle Network Route 6

National Route 6 of the National Cycle Network passes through Watford, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Market Harborough, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Worksop, Sheffield, Manchester, Blackburn, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal and Windermere, and will connect London and Threlkeld (nr. Keswick) in Cumbria when complete.

LinkExternal link National Route 6 on the Sustrans web site.

National Cycle Network Route 6

The National Cycle Network is Sustrans' primary initiative set up in 1995, providing up to 12,600 miles of walking and cycle routes across the country. Route 6 links London with the Lake District.

National Cycle Network Route 6

The National Cycle Network is Sustrans' primary initiative, providing up to 12,600 miles of walking and cycling routes across the country. Routes are numbered in a similar manner to the original A-road numbering system, radiating clockwise from London. The UK is further divided into ten regions, with regional routes numbered in a similar fashion. National Route 6 connects London with the Lake District; one of its branches is Regional Route 68, the Penine Cycleway from Derby to Berwick-on-Tweed.

National Cycle Network route 55

Route 55 of the National Cycle Network stretches for more than 100 miles/180 kilometres, from Ironbridge to Preston. Not all of the route has yet been completed (as at 2021). Once completed, it will pass through or close to Telford, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport, Manchester, Bolton and Wigan.

More information can be found on Sustrans' website: LinkExternal link

National Cycle Network route 62

Route 62 of the national Cycle Network stretches for more than 200 miles, from Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast to Selby in North Yorkshire.

From Fleetwood it runs south along the coastline through Blackpool, turns inland to cross the River Ribble at Preston, then returns to the coastline through Southport to the suburbs of Liverpool. It then turns east, forming part of the Trans Pennine Trail, passing to the south of Manchester then over the Pennines, south of Barnsley towards Doncaster then northwards to its finishing point at Selby.

For more information, see the Sustrans website: LinkExternal link

National Cycle Network route 622

Route 622 of the National Cycle Network is a relatively short, 21-mile route which forms a ring around the city of Preston in Lancashire. It is named the "Preston Guild Wheel".

For more information, see the Sustrans website: LinkExternal link

The National Cycle Network

The National Cycle Network is a network of cycle routes. It was created by the charity Sustrans LinkExternal link (Sustainable Transport), aided by a National Lottery grant.

Many routes aim to minimise contact with motor traffic, though 70% of them are on roads. In some cases the NCN uses pedestrian routes, disused railways, minor roads, canal towpaths, or traffic-calmed routes in towns and cities.


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Malc McDonald   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 12 October, 2021   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 28 October, 2021
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