Abbeys and Priories - Part 1

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Explorer WALX

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Walk Description:

North of the river walk, leaving from Haslam Park, walking through Ashton on Ribble past the site of the old Tulketh hall, which also used to be a monastery. Will walk down onto Riversway which used to be the path of the River Ribble until the docks where built. Walk a well-known path round the docks and then back up through Ashton Park where another big house was owned by a Preston banker James Peddar.  

St Andrews Church, foundation stone laid in 1835, constructed in sandstone, inside are 3 monuments to the Peddar family, who lived on Ashton Park and contributed to the building of the church, churchyard contains war graves of a RAF officer WW1, army dental corps and royal Air medical corps WW2.  

Tulketh Monastery/Hall. Monks of Tulketh abbey where part of the reformed Benedictine order. They travelled from Avranches, France and arrived on 4th July 1124. Suggestion is they used pre-existing buildings probably part of Tulketh castle. They only stayed 3 years possibly because land around would have been to marshy.

Tulketh Hall was lived in by 3 families in the 17th and 18th centuries, the last such family the Heskeths but was sold to cover their debts. Used for many things since then, vicarage for St marks, home for working boys, industrial home for Roman catholic Boys, offices for Tulketh mill, during WW2 records office got damaged with fire 1952, demolished 1960. For the original docks to help with the shallowness, from its multiple channels one channel was cut, called the gut was dredged up to Lytham. This still restricted large vessels so in 1883 parliament passed the Preston Dock Act to allow the construction of the docks. The diversion of the river Ribble and evacuation of a large basin was started in 1884.


It is essential to register and book in advance online.


It is advisable to wear a bum bag with a water bottle or hydration pack. Do bring a high energy snack to have on the hoof or as soon as we finish. Wear comfortable clothing that suitable for the weather. Do wear sturdy grippy shoes.

We respect people`s busy agendas and do like to start promptly. Please arrive 5 minutes early for your class and be ready to start on time.


Walk speed guide:

Gentle stroll - Gear 1 - Nice pace that you can do for extended periods. 2-2.5mph (these generally are our Wellness walks)   Easy walk - Gear 2 - Faster pace gained through technique. Expect Gear 2 at times throughout the walk with occasional photo stops. 2.5mph (Most of our 1-hour Explorer walks)   Moderate walk - Gear 2/3 - Faster again using technique and with less recovery. Very little stopping. 2.5mph-3mph+ (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks)   Strenuous walk - gear 3/4  (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks).

You are asked to contact your WALX Guide by phone, leaving a voicemail or sending an sms text to the number listed below, if you are likely to be delayed as we do start classes promptly.

Whilst we do understand that sometimes it is not possible to make a class, please be aware that we do operate a no refund policy if you give us less than 2 hours’ notice.

All activities are undertaken at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any injuries or accidents incurred. We undertake to deliver all classes with qualified staff and have made every effort to risk assess all WALX. On occasions it is necessary to make dynamic risk assessment decisions when there is a localised incident such as trees fallen en route, flooding, traffic changes, etc.

Please ensure your PARQ is up to date and notify us in writing if you have any change to your medical records, or physical or mental wellbeing. This should include any surgery, falls, knocks, or accidents. Thank you.

Contact details (only contact to notify if late or cancelling)

Matt 07530 813225