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Secrets of Preston: Conway Park

A riverside walk
Conway Park
The entrance – and exit – to Conway Park

Preston is full of surprises. In a previous post, I’ve told of my Highgate Wood mini adventure. A woodland I had walked past many a time and never once got round to venturing in until this year. At least I had heard of that particular beautiful spot but Conway Park was a place I had never even heard of. And when I did hear the name, for some reason I got it into my head that it was an area of open space, maybe a park for children to play, a grassy field with play equipment to one side. And that would be it. Fun for children, respite for parents but not of particular interest for walkers and explorers of secret nature havens and mini beauty spots.

Work being done on The Village Parklands

But one day, meeting up with a friend for a local walk, she told me about a map given to her by someone she knew. On it was our local area and mapped out was a walk. Conway Park was mentioned.

‘It looks like our normal local walk ‘, my friend said. And it did. But we set off anyway, following the map. Everything looked familiar until…

‘I think we go right here,’ Caroline said.

And that was when our usual suburban trek turned into more of a mystery trail. For there at the end of that cul-de-sac of houses was a signpost and, behind it, a park.

Conway Park

The sign said Conway Park. There was a path to the right and one to the left. We turned left and followed the woodland trail past a sports pitch with a pavilion, and then along a river.

A riverside wander

We came across a sign for a new 80-acre nature reserve/public open space, The Village Parklands, being created. I love it when I see natural spaces being protected or created instead of being destroyed.

The Village Parklands

We continued our walk along the river and finally ended up along a narrow wooded path, ending up at a different part of our usual walk! We had wandered past the public footpath many a time, never realising the secret behind it. As a child, I had a thing about secret passageways, and here was one I was discovering as an adult!

A secret passage …
The Friends of Conway Park, formed in 2015, is made up of members who work for the benefit of the park. The park itself is owned by Preston City Council. Currently the Friends has a crowdfunding campaign  (50K by May fundraising campaign) to improve the children's playground, create a dry standing area for watching football, and a new path along the length of the park. The park will eventually join up with the new Village Parkland.

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12 thoughts on “Secrets of Preston: Conway Park

  1. Those hidden treasures are always the best – my Park where I walk every day is just a mile away from my house and been there since 1994 and I never discovered it until 2013, almost 20 years after it was established!

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    1. It’s amazing how we often don’t realise what’s close to us! There’s an old stately home near me. Although I have visited stately homes and castles all around the country on holidays and day trips, I never visited this one until very recently. Since then I’ve been five times! ☺

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  2. And probably people travelled from miles around to see this stately home on top of it! Speaking of stately homes, I had a similar circumstance Clare. I went to a community college that was down the street from Henry and Clara Ford’s estate. It was built in 1915 and looks like a castle and sits on 1,300 acres (I tried to convert this … it says 5.261 square kilometers). Anyway, I passed this place every day on the way to/from school … never went to look at it. People who are interested in Ford Motor Company and how the inventor of the automobile lived (decadently) come to see the estate. I went last weekend to see the lilacs in bloom. The place is massive and the home has been closed for restoration since 2015. But they used to give tours – how exciting. But I never thought to pop in and see it … and it has always been free since the Fords passed away in the 1940s.

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