There are manypeaceful greenspaces and riversidepathways within afew minutes’ walk,and the Wheatsheaf,a family-friendlybar and restaurant,is just yards awaywhile, for youngerresidents, the nearbyWarehouse indoorskate park presentschallenges andexcitement forskaters, skateboardersand BMX riders. The local shopping area around 600 yards from Croston Meadow includes a Tesco Express store, a baker, an off-licence, hairdressers and food takeaways, and a large recycling centre can be found just a mile to the north. Leyland town centre, around 20 minutes walk from Croston Meadow, has a traditional market town environment, offering a variety of local independent shops interspersed with high street chains including an Asda supermarket. Leyland Market, open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, sells fresh local produce, fish, clothing and other goods.
Leyland’s historicattractions, includingits 12th CenturySt Andrews Churchand famous Saxoncross, contrast withmodern amenitieslike the LeisureCentre’s well equippedgymand 25m swimmingpool. In addition toa small local historymuseum, the townhas an internationallyimportant BritishCommercial VehicleMuseum with afascinating range ofexhibits, from horsedrawn transportto a popemobile.On the southern edge of the town, the magnificent Worden Park includes an adventure playground, walled Georgian garden, maze, nine-hole golf course and free miniature railway as well as floral displays, meadows and mature woodlands, while just three miles to the east, Cuerden Valley Park combines magnificent walks and wildlife with events like a farmers’ market and an annual beer festival. There is also an 18-hole golf course on the eastern edge of the town. Northbrook Primary,St Mary’s RC Primary,and Academy@Worden, acommunity highschool with academystatus, are all withina mile of CrostonMeadow, and all areassessed as ‘Good’by Ofsted. There isalso an RC secondaryschool, St Mary’s, justa little further away.Sandy Lane Surgery is the largest ofseveral GP surgeriesin the town, andthere is a choiceof dentists withinwalking distance.