Walking Week kicks off in Leyland

Members of the community join Dr David Hunt for the Leyland Arctic Walk

Members of the community join Dr David Hunt for the Leyland Arctic Walk

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South Ribble’s Walking Week kicked off in Leyland yesterday, and there are plenty more events planned over the coming days.

Organised by the borough council, the first event was an archaeology walk from the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre in Church Road on Monday.

People who took part in the three-mile ‘Endurance in the Ice: The Ice Age in Leyland’ walk were also given the chance to see Frank Hurley’s remarkable photographic record of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Imperial Antarctic Expedition of 1914-16 before stepping out.

The walk took them to various landmarks in the town, including St Mary’s Church on Broadfield Drive.

Here are the upcoming the walks:

- Hurst Green Park, Penwortham, a six-mile walk along the River Ribble through Avenham Park, from 10am on Wednesday.

- Hard Times and Endurance in Bamber Bridge, meet at Bamber Bridge Library, Station Road, at 10am on Thursday, for a two-mile walk with a talk about the workhouse.

- High Tide Walk, meet at the Longton Brickcroft Visitor Centre at 12.45pm on Thursday, for five-mile walk to observe the tide at Longton marsh.

- Leyland Health Walk, meet at the Broadfield Arms pub car park in Leyland Lane, at 1pm on Thursday.

- Much Hoole Church Walk, a walk along the River Douglas from 2pm on Friday, followed by a private viewing of the famous Church of St Michael at 3.30pm.