Sunday, 10th January 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Witton Weavers Way, Top o' th' Brow, Duckshaw Clough, Darwen Moor, Darwen Hill, Jubilee Tower, Sunnyhurst Wood, Tockholes Plantations
Start Point: Car park just off Belmont Road Grid Reference: SD 665 190
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 2,370 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: A cold dry day with drifts of snow
Comments: With the Strenuous walk cancelled due to serious weather conditions, five members gathered at Tockholes Plantation car park to complete a 'local' walk over Darwen Moor. Known as the Tacklers Trail the route follows the Witton Weavers Way towards the A666 Darwen Road and over Darwen Moor to Jubilee Tower. From here it drops down to Sunnyhurst Wood and across to the Roddlesworth Reservoirs and Tockholes Plantations. Initially the route was easy to follow and not too bad underfoot. However, once up on Darwen Moor it was difficult to follow a path and the snow was quite deep in places. The strong, cold wind made the minus 4 degrees seem much colder but we were kept warm through our efforts to tramp through knee deep (and more) snow. The scenery was fantastic and despite our efforts with the cameras it wasn't possible to capture the full effect of the pristine snow on the moors and snow laden branches in the woodland. A fantastic day was had by all.

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Snug and warm in full winter gear . . .

 

we set off along the Witton Weavers Way . . .

 

and Winter Hill lives up to its name

 

Having been previously walked, the route is reasonably easy going . . .

 

but a pause for a breather is still welcome

 

The spindrift is quite fierce as the wind catches the ridge . . .

 

and some of the stiles are hidden under snow

 

The views are magnificent . . .

 

and the group pauses . . .

 

whilst Phil checks his photo . . .

 

of some very sensible sheep

 

The snowy scene is highlighted by the winter sun . . .

 

as the sheep tuck onto their winter fodder

 

The scene looks even more wintry in black and white . . .

 

but it's pretty effective in colour too

 

Making tracks . . .

 

as the snow starts to get deeper

 

We create some 'snowless' seats in the lee of the wall as we stop for elevenses . . .

 

and admire the sun's rays breaking through the clouds

 

But as we set off again the snow gets deeper . . .

 

and deeper . . .

 

until we reach a road

 

Eventually Jubilee Tower comes into view . . .

 

and the snow has drifted at the side of the path . . .

 

as we look over a frozen Sunnyhurst Hey Reservoir

 

Approaching the Tower the wind is very strong . . .

 

and we seek shelter . . .

 

to eat lunch

 

A group shot by the trig point

 

Looking back up the path as we descend, the snow has really banked up by the fence

 

This group has the right idea - skis and snowboards . . .

 

and this man found a novel way of getting to the pub (yes, he did actually go in there!)

 

Not much sun in 'Sunny' hurst today . . .

 

where great care is required on a slippery section of the path

 

Looking back up the path we had just walked down

 

This was a very different scene last time we were here

 

Regrouping by Earnsdale Reservoir

 

'Old blue eyes' takes a good look at us . . .

 

whilst his companion frolics round the field . . .

 

before posing for the camera

 

Don't slam the front door whatever you do!

 

Returning via the appropriately named "slippery Lowe" in Tockholes plantation . . .

 

as we make our way back towards the car . . .

 

where many are enjoying the sledging

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