Circuit of Darwen Moor
I had a six mile walk on Darwen Moor this afternoon with Brett, Molly and Sam. We set off from the car park just off the road to Abbey village and made our way to Hollinshead Hall in Roddlesworth Woods. From there we carried on to the car park at Slipper Lowe and picked up the path taking us up onto Darwen Moor. Once up on the moor we took the path descending Duckshaw Clough to pick up the Witton Weavers Way, which we followed for about 3/4ml before leaving to head over Wives Hill to meet the Witton path lower down. Having rejoined the Witton Weavers Way we followed it back across Darwen Moor to end a sunny afternoon’s walk back at the car park.
Map of the route.
View of Great Hill on Anglezarke Moor from the path to Hollinshead Hall.
Part of the ruins of Hollinshead Hall in Roddlesworth Woods. The only complete building still left is the Well House shown in the background.
View of Great Hill from the path up onto Darwen Moor from Roddlesworth Woods.
View of Darwen Tower from the side of the path leading up onto the moor.
The path descending Duckshaw Clough to meet the Witton Weavers Way.
View of Darwen town from the side of the Witton Weavers Way.
According to the map this is a public footpath over Wives Hill. It was quite an uphill slog trying to avoid the boggy bits.
At first sight this looked like a nice stroll over the crest of the hill. Instead it was tussocky grass booby trapped with lots of thick mud. Nice.
The last mortal remains of Sugar Leach Farm.
At last back on the Witton Weavers Way in the Cadshaw Valley.
Last view of Darwen Moor before heading back down to the car.