In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown of Spring 2020 it was easy to not even know about the newly reinstated path on the north side of the park.

An aerial view of the park showing the location of the reinstated path
An aerial view of the park showing the location of the reinstated path

It starts at the entrance that is in the far corner of the playing fields, on the other side of the lake from Astley Hall and joins from the path from Millwood Glade (at the bottom of Millfield Road) in one direction and Hall Gate car park in the other.

The park entrance from Millfield Glade footpath and Hall Gate
The park entrance from Millfield Glade footpath and Hall Gate

The reinstated path runs the entire length of the north perimeter of the park taking a right turn at the top end near St Laurence’s CE Primary School before joining the existing path that leads up to the north Park Road entrance next to Rectory Close (not then main gates).

The steps that drop down on to the existing path leading to Park Road
The steps that drop down on to the existing path leading to Park Road

This reinstatement of an old path has been brought about by Friends of Astley Park with the help of Chorley Council, funded by a grant from Lancashire Environmental Fund and the Council. Some credit must go to Maurice (assisted by Steve) who obtained the initial monies for the survey and then over a period several months filled in dozens of pages of information about the project, to obtain the grant.

It was completed just as the Prime Minister announced the lockdown but is already proving popular for walking and daily exercise and provides all-weather access to what was a relatively under used area.

Looking west down the playing fields towards Astley Hall in the distance
Looking west down the playing fields towards Astley Hall in the distance

Its links to existing paths allows for the creation of a continuous circular path within the Park 3.3km (2miles) long.

The next phase of the project, once the current lock-down ends, will be to provide marker posts, information boards and leaflets for the whole of the 3.3km path.

There is still a bit of finishing off to do but I think you will all agree that it is a fantastic edition to Astley Park.

Mid April 2020