Explore the outdoors

Student life

Enjoy nature and adventure alongside city living in Preston. There are parks, nature reserves and rolling hills, all within easy reach of the city centre.

Green spaces and parks

Take some time away from your studies at one of Preston's many parks. Avenham Park is popular with students. The peaceful environment is perfect for summer picnics or evening strolls. Stop by the Japanese gardens, or follow the River Ribble to The Continental pub for food and live music. Moor Park is also nearby, with lots of green space and open air to enjoy. Or head to Winckley Square in the city centre, which is a lovely Georgian garden where you can enjoy the sunshine. 

Brockholes Nature Reserve

We're lucky to live so close to Brockholes Nature Reserve, which is home to various species of wildlife. There are over 250 acres to explore, including ancient woodland, rivers and lakes.  Just don't forget your wellies, because it can get muddy. Nestle down in one of the bird watching look-outs, where you can try a range of binoculars and telescopes. When you're feeling hungry, call into the floating visitor centre for a bite to eat.

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Cycling in Preston

Take your wheels for a spin on Preston's 21 miles of Guild Wheel paths through parks and woodlands. It's just 10 minutes from campus. For a more challenging trail, head to the Forest of Bowland to enjoy miles of wide open spaces and breathtaking views. Don't own a bike? Hire one from our bike hub or one of Preston's Bike and Go stations.

Take a guided tour around Preston's parks

Explore Lancashire

Enjoy everything Lancashire has to offer, with great public transport links from Preston. Ramble through the countryside on the White Coppice trail, as you overlook moors and reservoirs. Climb Pendle Hill and take in spectacular views from its 1,827ft summit. Follow the Tolkein Trail through the Forest of Bowland and experience hobbit country first hand. 

Visit the seaside

Blackpool is just 25 minutes away from Preston on the train. There's lots to see and do in this iconic seaside town. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the biggest theme park in the North West with lots of thrilling rides. Visit the arcades to play your favourite games and (hopefully) win some prizes. Or, just pack a bag and enjoy a picnic by the sea.