Walks by Area - Poulton Town and Country Trail
|Intro||An attractive circular walk of historical interest, taking in the town and local countryside around Poulton.|
|Terrain||Easy, level walking along a series of town and countryside paths that can be muddy at times.|
|Distance||Approximately 4.8km (3 miles). Allow 1 to 1½ hours to complete the walk.|
1. Walk east, away from the roundabout, along the A585 until you reach the bridge over the main dyke and follow the footpath to Little Poulton. After crossing a stile the path follows the edge of the field to Little Poulton Lane. To your right the greenhouses produce salad crops for Ingles Dawndew. The main dyke drains floodwater, all the way from Marton Mere, Blackpool, an important Local Nature Reserve.
2. Follow Little Poulton Lane, past Little Poulton Hall and some old cottages, to Moorland Road. Turn right onto Moorland Road and walk past Hodgson School. Follow the footpath down the side of the school and playing fields.
3. At the end of this path, bear right and continue along Haworth Crescent until you reach Station Road, via another small pathway. Turn left and then next right into Vicarage Road passing the Jean Stansfield memorial Park on your left. At the cross roads by the Thatched House Pub turn left and then follow the path through the churchyard.
4. In the town square, turn right and walk around the front of St. Chads Church, the Golden Ball Pub is in front of you. Back at the cross-roads, turn left along Breck Road. Walk down the hill passing the Railway Station and Wyre Civic Centre. On left you will see a finger post situated near to an apartment block. Turn left down the alleyway and follow the footpath until reaching a style that leads onto Poulton Golf Course. In summer look for the pink flowers of Ragged Robin growing along the dyke. In July and August dragonflies can be seen flying low over the water. Follow the waymarked route over the second footbridge to the four way fingerpost at the centre of the Golf Course.
5. At the fingerpost, turn right to Skippool, Taking care when crossing the fairway and follow the waymarkers to a footpath that takes you around the edge of the farm land. Cross three stiles and footbridges and pass through a small gate, you are now back on Breck Road. The River Wyre Hotel is to your left at the junction of Breck Road and the A585.
|Starting Point||The trail starts at the River Wyre Hotel, on the A585 at Skippool. Parking is available on the road and outside the pub.|
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