The Wrinkly Rambler

Pleasant walks with camera and three dogs

On the Edge of Darwen Moor

I first did this four miles walk over little used paths on the edge of Darwen Moor about six months ago, so it seemed a good time to repeat it.

Map of the route.

Map of the route.

I parked the car in the small car park on Crooksatone Road, just off the A675 Bolton to Abbey Village road, then the dogs and I walked the short distance to the stile that would put us on the Witton Weavers Way. After a few hundred yards we turned left to head up past the ruins of Higher Pasture Barn Farm and up towards Darwen Moor.

Straight on here takes you past Belmont Reservoir, but we went off to the left.

Straight on here takes you past Belmont Reservoir, but we went off to the left.

Over the dog unfriendly stile by the side of the ruins of Higher Pasture Barn Farm.

Over the dog unfriendly stile by the side of the ruins of Higher Pasture Barn Farm.

Normally we would go straight on here to get up onto Darwen Moor, but today we took the little used path to the left.

Normally we would go straight on here to get up onto Darwen Moor, but today we took the little used path to the left.

Another dog unfriendly stile, but this time they found a gap in the wire fence.  ;-)

Another dog unfriendly stile, but this time they found a gap in the wire fence. 😉

There’s a very narrow dirt path through this area.

There’s a very narrow dirt path through this area.

A useful waymarker post to keep us on track. Molly seems intent on chewing some heather roots. ;-)

A useful waymarker post to keep us on track. Molly seems intent on chewing some heather roots. 😉

Over the stile and up onto Cartridge Hill. This one was dog friendly with a slideable section at the side to let them through.

Over the stile and up onto Cartridge Hill. This one was dog friendly with a slideable section at the side to let them through.

View from the top of Cartridge Hill, with the woods we walked past earlier just below, Belmont Reservoir in the distance, and the masts of Winter Hill on the horizon.

View from the top of Cartridge Hill, with the woods we walked past earlier just below, Belmont Reservoir in the distance, and the masts of Winter Hill on the horizon.

There’s a good stretch of downhill from here to Roddlesworth Woods that can be seen in the distance.

There’s a good stretch of downhill from here to Roddlesworth Woods that can be seen in the distance.

Having reached one of the main paths onto Darwen Moor we went left to continue downhill. Darwen Tower can be seen in the distance (top right).

Having reached one of the main paths onto Darwen Moor we went left to continue downhill. Darwen Tower can be seen in the distance (top right).

This grazing pony paid us no attention as we passed it on the way downhill.

This grazing pony paid us no attention as we passed it on the way downhill.

Having walked through Roddlesworth Woods we approach the ruins of Hollinshead Hall.

Having walked through Roddlesworth Woods we approach the ruins of Hollinshead Hall.

After a brief look around the ruins we set off to cover the last mile back to the car.

After a brief look around the ruins we set off to cover the last mile back to the car.

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2 comments on “On the Edge of Darwen Moor

  1. knace
    September 30, 2013

    I love your blog!!! After working a 12 hour shift, coming home and reading this put a smile on my face. Your dogs look so happy to be out running free. (well, except for the non dog friendly stiles) What do you do in that case? Do you lift them over?
    Strange that you posted this Sept 26, but it didn’t show up in my Reader until today.

    • Mal Firth
      September 30, 2013

      When I say the stile is dog unfriendly it’s because no provision has been made to help the dog get through the fence and the positioning of the steps makes it awkward for the dogs to get over. Fortunately my three are getting more confident at using the steps to help them jump over. If you want a good laugh go to the story at https://wrinklyrambler.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/following-the-witton-weavers-way/ to read about the ladder stile we came across and the fun I had getting them over that one. 😉

      Although I did the walk on the 26th I only put it on my blog yesterday, so I changed the date to the day I did the walk.

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