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Nice place: Walton le Dale is a popular place to live

Nice place: Walton le Dale is a popular place to live

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Sitting on the banks of the River Ribble and the River Darwen is the popular area of Walton-le-Dale.

Today it is an area probably best known for its retail complex, The Capitol Centre, which offers a cinema, gym, bowling alley and collection of clothing, electrical and DIY retailers and eateries.

Walton-le-Dale is predominantly a residential area, which boasts a wide selection of homes including starter properties and new builds.

It also offers plenty of amenities including doctors surgeries, a few pubs, a community centre and a range of shops.

The lovely Cuerden Valley Park is nearby. It includes a visitor centre at The Barn, picnic Area, River Lostock, parkland, agricultural land, woodlands, a lake, Victorian Pinetum/American garden and walled orchard and ruins of Lower Kem Mill Bleach & Dye Works.

Wildlife includes woodpeckers, kingfishers, great crested newts and dragonflies, wildflower meadows, bluebell woods and many other plants.

The Walton le Dale Recreation Society is a voluntary community charity committee responsible for the maintenance of a community owned recreation ground.

It is currently fundraising to replace the dilapidated sports pavilion with a community centre to combine both sport and a meeting place for the community.

Work on the replacement of the community facilities on the recreation ground will start tomorrow, June 30.

The first stage of this activity will be the demolition of the existing buildings. The Society needs volunteers from the local community to help over the weekend to dismantle and prepare the grounds for the building work to begin.

Walton-le-Dale also benefits from a couple of restaurants, and a recreation ground, which is home to football and cricket teams.

On the education front Walton-le-Dale has a selection of primary schools and its own high school.

But sixth form and higher education students have to travel into Preston or Leyland to attend college.

Walton-le-Dale’s location means it offers easy access to Preston city centre and the M65, M6 and M61.

But this benefit it outweighed a little by the steady stream of traffic it

promotes in both directions.

Walton-le-Dale has always been a busy location. In days gone by it was an industrial area home to cotton and paper mills.

It also holds an important place in history, as one of the last battles on British soil took place there in 1648. Oliver Cromwell’s army took on the Duke of Hamilton’s forces in the Battle of Preston in the area.