Thursday, 12 May 2016

Not Just Buses


I tend to describe Preston as the worst city in England, but it is nearby so I'm attempting to embrace it a bit more and venture further than the beautiful bus station. Plus we wanted a nut roast. 

It was a gorgeous day so we set off with a vague idea to get some brunch (we're still on holiday) and take another look at Nothing Happens, Twice at Harris Art Gallery. After a small amount of tweeting around someone told us they would supply brunch so we dropped in to Ravenous on Cannon Street which was a great success then to the gallery then for a stroll around Avenham Park which is only a couple of minutes from the train station and main shopping area, but feels like another place. 



Couldn't see a thing when I took these, so I'm happy with the way they turned out! the building in the background used to be a hotel but is now a local authority building. 

The park leads to the river, which is great for a walk and it forms part of the 21 mile route of the Guild Wheel


 We crossed the river via a footbridge that looked very much as though it was an old train/tram line then crossed back further down back through another area of the park and past some beautiful buildings, sad to see some of them were empty or underutilised as they were clearly once very grand. 


It turns out there's a whole area of gorgeousness just a stride from the centre of the town. 

the former school of art
We have had a look at the map and there are some nice walks and more days out to be had here. And we managed to get hold of our nut roast too!





16 comments:

  1. Looks like some great old buildings.

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    1. There really are, I just wish it was more celebrated. For the most part it could be any shopping centre in Britain.

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  2. There's more to Preston than meets the eye. Looks like a grand day out.
    xx

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    1. It was really good, we're formulating a little route now of the more individual places, all we can do is support them and hope it spreads.

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  3. What a beautiful park.

    God bless.

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    1. It is beautiful, a really nice place to spend time, and it was great to see people using it in so many different ways on that day.

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  4. It's hard to imagine that in the middle of a city is such beauty. We've been to Avenham Park a few times usually when there's been some event or other.
    Carolx

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    1. I'm really glad it's used to hold events - and not just when it's Guild year. You would never imagine that such a great space was there would you, it's a real gem.

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  5. I'll need yo understand more about why you thought so poorly about Preston but by these pictures it seems lovely. I love day trips.

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    1. Much of the rest of the city centre does not look like this! There are some beautiful buildings, but there was also some awful town planning at some point in the past. As with many places modern shopping malls were planted in the middle of the town, in no particular architectural style which changed the orientation of the centre and dominates the style.

      I take my hat off to the local businesses on the side streets of the centre who are trying to inject a little bit of a city feel to the place, all we can do is support them and hope they attract more of the indie culture and inject some identity into a pretty bland centre.

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  6. I just love it when pictures of England and the countryside are shared. Everything is so unique and different from the US. It is always a touch of history in a bit of new.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Each area of the country does have its own style which makes visiting somewhere even a short distance away interesting.

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  7. You tend to describe it as the worst city in England, and I describe it as home. Like most other places there are good and bad, beautiful and ugly parts to it, and, as you are beginning to discover, there are hidden gems too.

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    1. I think my main problem is just that it's undersold as a place, but maybe that's due to being a newish city. Hopefully as it becomes more established as a city its real nature will come out.

      It's frustrating that it seems to be a place people pass through rather than visit in its own right.

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  8. I've never been to that part of Preston either! Will have to explore more! Also I love how close we all actually are!!! Literally a few miles ! X ps where did you get yer nut roast from??!!

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    1. It's so weird isn't it. To get there all you have to do is turn down Winckley St. off Fishergate you'll be in Winckley Sq. (which is gorgeous) then the entrance to the park is right there!

      I also like it when I find out there's another Lancashire-based blog. I love reading blogs from all over but to find someone so close is brilliant.

      Our nut roast was one to bring home and cook, rather than to eat out, we bought it from the health food shop (I don't know what it's called) on Guildhall St.

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