Wednesday, 13th November 2013
||Tockholes Plantations, Ruin of Hollinshead Hall,
Catherine Edge, Hanging Stones on Turton Moor, Darwen Moor, Duckshaw
||Ryal Fold car park
||SD 666 215
||Dry and sunny but overcast
by mid afternoon
||The group of twenty one first descended
to the River Roddlesworth before climbing a gentle gradient to the
ruins of Hollinshead Hall for elevenses. Continuing along the Witton
Weavers Way to Catherine Edge the leader then took an adventurous
uphill route over uncharted ground to the Hanging Stones on Turton
Moor. There were no defined paths and the ground was rather boggy
and, unfortunately for some, water and mud oozed over boot tops.
Lunch was taken at Big Grey Stones on Turton Moor. Visibility was
good and fine views could be seen, including Holcombe Tower on
Holcombe Moor. Dotted about Turton Moor were concrete posts marking
the former Bolton Corporation Water Works boundary. From the Big
Grey Stones the group re-joined the Witton Weavers Way for a short
distance before crossing Darwen Moor and passing Duckshaw Clough on
the way to Darwen Jubilee Tower. Some members of the group took the
opportunity to increase their total ascent by climbing the tower to
get a better view. By this time a chilly wind was blowing and the
group set out on the last leg of the walk by descending Darwen Hill
to return to the start point at Ryal Fold. The route was over a
mixture of well-defined paths and boggy ground. Anyone wanting to
use the route would be well advised to take a map and compass. An
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
The start of the walk
Making our way through . . .
Tockholes Plantation on the way to . . .
The River Roddlesworth
A remnant of Halloween celebrations at the ruin of Hollinshead Hall
An access area at Longlands heading up towards the Hanging Stones
Trying to find a place to cross a stream . . .
without getting wet feet
This is a water catchment area and there was plenty of it at boot level
Still on the way to . . .
The Hanging Stones
Through the grass . . .
and over a stile . . .
watched over by our leader
On Turton Moor with Holcombe Tower in the distance
Well signed - if you are going to Darwen
Roy stands on what is reputed to be an old coal mine . . .
shown on the map as Shaft
Where's my seat?!
A gathering at the entrance to . . .
Darwen Jubilee Tower
Descending from the Tower in November . . .
and ascending in August
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