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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.