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Grange Valley local nature reserve adjoins Grange Park and is the starting point for Eaves Brook Linear Park.
The valley provides habitat for a variety of wildlife including birds such as chaffinches, dunnocks, wrens, whitethroats, sparrowhawks and kestrels, and small mammals such as field mice, bank voles, hedgehogs and shrews. The meadow flowers also attract many varieties of butterfly.
The health trails around Grange Valley have tarmac surfaced paths for gentle walking along the flat although a bit more strenuous up the hills. There is also an informal path that can get wet and muddy in winter so bring boots or wellies if you plan to walk that route.
On August 17,1648 it was the scene of a decisive battle of the English Civil War. Preston was then a Royalist stronghold and a force loyal to the imprisoned Charles 1, and led by Sir Marmaduke Langdale, met with Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army on what is now Ribbleton Avenue. After a long and muddy skirmish the Parliamentarians won the day, the Royalists being routed back to the River Ribble. Their defeat eventually led to the execution of the King. Officers from both armies - Cromwell, Langdale, Fairfax, Hamilton, Munro and Assheton - have given their names to local streets.
There is a viewing platform, situated close to Longridge Road, which allows visitors to view the area of the battle and imagine the Cavaliers and Roundheads fiercely battling for supremacy.
By car – Follow the signs to Grange Park off Ribbleton Hall Drive. Parking is available along Glenview Close.
By bus – take the No 8 Preston Bus to Ribbleton Hall Drive.
Map of Grange Valley nature reserve/park
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