|Walk:||White Coppice, Wheelton Plantation, Roddlesworth Reservoirs, Jubilee Tower (Darwen), Great Hill|
|Start Point:||White Coppice Cricket Club car park||Grid Reference:||SD 619 190|
|Distance:||11.3 miles||Ascent:||2,500 feet|
|Weather:||An early shower cleared to leave a pleasant day with sunny spells|
|Comments:||Walking along the East side of the Goit may have been a muddy affair but vastly preferable to the quagmire that is being created by contractors vehicles on the West side - as experienced during our walk on 8th November! The path through Wheelton Plantation was far superior and we made good time as we left the plantation and headed up onto the moors. Whilst the going was rather damp in places it was all quite passable with care. As the early shower cleared and blue skies appeared we had high hopes for some decent weather - and we were not to be disappointed. A brief stop near the Roddlesworth reservoirs allowed us to replenish our energy stores (in other words, time for elevenses)! We then left the plantations behind and made our way across to Sunnyhurst Wood and past the bandstand, to exit by the Lych gate. Ensuring the group benefited from some aerobic exercise we climbed up to Jubilee (Darwen) Tower and enjoyed the views from the top and middle levels. Now facing into the wind, we followed a clear path across Darwen Moor to Slipper Lowe car park - noticing that Pay and Display machines have been installed since the beginning of the year! With a promise of lunch at the 'Mansion House' we quickly made our way to the ruins of Hollinshead Hall for our midday break. Now only one more hill to climb but the route up to Great Hill is really suffering from its popularity and the wet weather. A brief pause at the shelter on Great Hill gave time to enjoy the scenery before descending to White Coppice - and the sun was still shining!!|
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Hatch brook in Wheelton Plantation is pretty full today
Heading across Wheelton Moor our first destination, Darwen Tower, is in sight
Leaving the moor, we cross Rake Brook with its banks of Autumn colour
John and Ray navigate the 'tunnel' . . .
followed by Tony and John
Water rushes down the weir between two of the Roddlesworth reservoirs . . .
looking down . . .
and up from the bridge
The wall provides a good spot . . .
Leaving the woods and reservoirs behind . . .
we head across towards . . .
Sunnyhurst Wood . . .
where the group finds . . .
the bandstand . . .
and Lych gate
A bird's eye view - from the top of the Tower . . .
across Sunnyhurst Hey and Earnsdale reservoirs
Darwen is surrounded by rolling hills . . .
while Blackburn just sprawls across the landscape, with Pendle Hill in the distance
What a contrast, Blackburn to the North-east . . .
and open moorland to the South-west!
Down . . .
Eric contemplates mountain biking . . .
as we leave the Tower behind . . .
to head across Darwen Moor
Before long the Tower is a distant memory . . .
and thoughts of climbing Great Hill are to the fore
The Well House at Hollinshead Hall . . .
where we make use of the ruins for our lunch stop
The sun is still being kind as we leave Tockholes Plantations . . .
to begin our climb up Great Hill . . .
Surveying the scenery from the shelter on Great Hill . . .
before making our way back down to White Coppice
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