Mark Walks LEJOG Day 31 – Farington to Garstang

Hullo. How are you? I hope you are having a good day. I’m Mark and I’m walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats…

The day started with a short bit of road walking from Farington to Lostock, where I took the opportunity to buy some supplies before heading through the village to join a footpath that runs along the course of a disused railway and would take me all the way into the centre of Preston.

The path was busy with early morning dog walkers, joggers and cyclists, which was nice to see.

It’s such a beautiful way to arrive into Preston, along these gorgeous park-like trails and across the Ribble valley.

Crossing the river, the footpath delivers the walker into the extremely handsome Avenham Park, with its grand buildings, long promenades, vast open spaces and intimate Japanese gardens.

I explored the park a while and then headed uphill into the city centre to seek out its town hall and impressive central library, which tower above the pedestrian and state clearly this city was once powerful and important.

It was then a case of walking through the streets of Preston until I emerged from its northern suburbs and was returned back into countryside.

For the next few miles, I walked through farms and fields, along tracks and trails, and passed through tiny settlements without seeing another person.

I eventually arrived back into civilisation at Bilsborrow, where I met the main A-road and walked along its side towards Garstang, taking me past the very well maintained memorial garden.

I left the A6 after a while and headed through Catterall, where some local children were very curious as to why I was taking photographs of signposts.

It was then a simple stroll to Garstang and the golf course where I am staying this evening.

The Day 31 Vlog

Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

As I walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I am hoping to raise £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support, who do such a wonderful job of supporting families through the most difficult times. If you are able to spare any amount and would like to donate to MacMillan, please do so through my Just Giving Page.






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