I have been a hiker and walker for decades. I spent many a day in the Brecon Beacons or the Lake District, with highlights such as climbing Scafell, Snowdon and the lesser know Cader Idris in Wales. As a man with three children under nine years of age my hiking options are restricted so this year I have set myself the target of taking the children on the walks that Lancashire County Council has posted online (PDF maps provided for free there) before 2016 is over. They are all gentle rambles rather than challenging climbs as you might expect. Today we completed the Worden Park walk, although we had to shorten it by a mile to accommodate a grumpy five year old.
This was a surprisingly pretty walk given the location in Leyland, so I took some photographs too.
This is a gentle starter walk which is ideal for young children and plenty of space for dogs to roam free (and children too for that matter). It is not at all taxing and most of the walk is well sheltered as it takes the walker through a forest. It is a very busy area, even in January so in summer expect crowds. It is a park but the walk takes place in the extended woodland surrounding the area so you will be out of the way of those playing football or whatever.
Not a bad start to the year and hopefully the first step to completing all of the leisure walks on the Visit Lancashire website.