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Walton-le-Dale, St. Leonard's Church Walton-le-Dale, the old Unicorn, Chorley Road
Walton-le-Dale lies at the confluence of the rivers Ribble and Darwen on a tidal estuary opening onto the Irish Sea. The Ribble is easily navigable to this point providing good seaward access and the site is adjacent to an early crossing point of the river, astride the main Roman route to western Scotland (running along the junction of the Lancashire coastal plain and the Pennine foothills); the Ribble valley also provides access via the Calder and Aire valleys along a trans-Pennine road to York. Walton-le-Dale therefore sits at the nexus of a number of main transport arteries and occupies a major strategic position in the Roman military landscape of North West England.
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