Wednesday, 23rd November 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Darwen Moor & Darwen Tower, Roddlesworth & Tockholes Plantations
Start Point: Slipper Lowe car park Grid Reference: SD 664 203
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 1,170 feet
Time: 4.75 hours    
Weather: Overcast and windy on moors
Comments: A group of 31 set off over the Darwen Moor to the Jubilee Tower, which looked strange without its top on, having been blown off in the winter gales. A replacement is due sometime? From there it was down to the café/ info centre at Roddlesworth, before descending through the woods and circling round to the A675 Bolton Road. Another circle took us round the back of a quarry and saw mill on the outskirts of Abbey Village, and back into the Tockholes Plantations (woods) back to Slipper Lowe.

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Jane briefs the group

 

Start of the walk onto Darwen Moor

 

Looking back with Great Hill on the horizon

 

An isolated memorial, important to someone with fresh flowers

 

Heading for Jubilee Tower . . .

 

much nearer now . . .

 

and we have arrived . . .

 

for a coffee break

 

Some made it to the top

 

Roddlesworth, will Santa get down there?

 

Handy outcrop of rocks by the Bolton Road for a lunch break

 

An old quarry full of wood

 

Tockholes Plantation

 

A tea stop on the bridge . . .

 

over the River Roddlesworth

 

Nearing Slipper Lowe with Autumn Leaves at end of November

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