At the trig point on Darwen Hill. Photo by Richard.
Tito at the top of the Darwen Jubilee Tower. Photo by Richard.
Lunch time. Photo by Richard.
Fran at Fran's Gate with the Darwen Jubilee Tower in the background.
At Hollinshead Hall and Well.
Trekking across the featureless open part of Darwen Moor.
View across Sunnyhurst Hey Reservoir from the top of the Darwen Jubilee Tower.
Walk stats; Distance:12,4 miles. Climb:1563'.
Time: 5 hours 20 minutes; On the move walking average:2.4 m.p.h.;Overall walk average:1.9 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Richard, Dave J., Fran and Tito.
A good day for walking, some warm sunshine, very little rain, but at times a little on the cool side when we were in the cool breeze.
This was a very a pleasant 10 mile circular walk using mainly the Witton Weavers Way. Even crossing the supposedly featureless moor section had some views and things to look at. Thankfully the paths that we used to cross Darwen Moors were clear and good underfoot.
The Darwen Jubilee Tower was on the skyline at the start of the walk and dominated the skyline even more so as we approached it after lunch.
We all decided to climb to the upper viewing area at the top of the tower, where we had good views no matter where we looked.
Birds seen or heard today included:Chaffinch, House sparrow, Nuthatch, Great tit, Barn swallow, Carrion crow, Blackbird, Long-tailed tit, Goldfinch, Common starling, Kestrel, Black-billed magpie, Woodpigeon, Meadow pipit, Mallard, Canada goose, Pied wagtail and on the grey side Grey wagtail and Grey Heron.
An enjoyable pint of Thee B's Bobbins Bitter was enjoyed at the Royal Arms at Tockholes. Tito announced that he had lost his glasses, not for the first time! Having emptied all of the car boot and the rucksacks in vain, Tito disappeared and triumphantly reappeared wearing his glasses - good end to the day!