Sunday, 23rd November 2014

Walk: Darwen Tower, Turton & Entwhistle Reservoir, Turton Hieghts
Start Point: Car Park, Roddlesworth Café Grid Reference: SD 665 215
Distance: 14.5 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Dry and overcast in the morning  becoming clear and cool after lunch
Comments: Seven members joined today’s leader for a brisk local walk over Darwen Moor. Starting at the car park at the Roddlesworth Café and information centre (Which closed at 16:00hrs !!... will we get back in time??) After a quick equipment check for torches….. well you never know!! We head off towards Sunnyhurst Hay reservoir which was undergoing major engineering works. Footpaths around the site had been diverted and we soon reached Darwen Tower and took the opportunity to climb the spiral stairway to the top. This was probably the highest point of the day!!. Onwards following the Witton Weavers Way across the moorland. A brief stop for tea and celebration of Ian’s Birthday we continued on to Turton & Entwhistle Reservoir where we were greeted by Cormorants and a large wire heron sculpture. The weather was improving although still a bit cool in the shade while we took lunch next to the reservoir. We had reached the extent of the days ramble and now turned to head back to the car park some eight miles or more away. We carefully negotiated the muddy tracks across Turton Heights finally reaching the excellent track which led back around Longworth Moor and on through Hollinshead Hall where we rejoined the road back to car park before the sun descended below Winter Hill. Unfortunately…….. the Café was closed!!!!!

On Darwen Tower

Ladies to the front

Happy birthday, Ian

2 minutes - - - -

Dangerous Boardwalk…. Keep left !!!

Ray checks where we are

What a wonderful tree

Cormorant

Blue skies above Turton & Entwhistle reservoir

High Plains Drifters across Turton Heights

Setting Sun over Belmont Reservoir… How far to go !!!

Somewhere over the rainbow……… that’s where we are heading

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