|Walk:||Hollinshead Hall (ruin), Roddlesworth Reservoirs, Rake Brook Reservoir, Abbey Village, Tockholes, Sunnyhurst Wood, Darwen Tower, Darwen Moor|
|Start Point:||Crookfield Road car park||Grid Reference:||SD 665 191|
|Distance:||12 miles||Ascent:||1,900 feet|
|Weather:||Mainly sunny with a cold breeze in exposed areas|
Nine members joined me for this walk through woodland and over moorland. With a good dry spell in previous days the ground was reasonably dry and the sunny spells reinforced the fact that Spring is now here, today being the Spring Equinox
Ready to set off
Crossing River Roddlesworth . . .
to head through the woodland . . .
and past Roddlesworth Reservoir . . .
where a broken chain is being replaced . . .
to link to the boats usually anchored to the buoys
Reflections . . .
and again as we cross the bridge . . .
to walk beside Rake Brook Reservoir
Abbey Village - but no stopping at The Hare & Hounds!
Another bridge to cross . . .
before meeting two miniature donkeys . . .
and spotting the latest in rainwear - actually used to prevent hypothermia, the biggest killer of young lambs in the UK
Another pub we're not stopping at!
Darwen Tower comes into view . . .
before making our way to . . .
Darwen Tower . . .
where we enjoy lunch in the sun
Darwen from the trig point beside the Tower
Heading across Darwen Moor . . .
and over one of the many stiles . . .
to Witton Weavers Way
and take a short break before returning to the cars