February Walk Report
GREENMOUNT VILLAGE HIKING GROUP February Walk 2016
Undeterred by the forecast of strong winds increasing during the day we decided to continue with our planned route over Darwen Moors. We parked the cars just outside the entrance to Bold Venture Park. We walked through the two sections of this fascinating park, created from a Quarry, to the start of the moorland. Making our way up through the Gaultheria bushes, still covered in red berries, then through the heather to cross the Witton Weavers Way to go straight across the top of Darwen Moors where there are numerous benches to have a break and admire the splendid views.
Leaving the moorland behind we went through Tockholes Plantation doing a detour to visit The Haunted Well House before going to Roddlesworth Café and Information Centre for our lunch. Here we sat at the table only feet away from the wild bird feeding station on the other side of the one way glass window.
We continued on The West Pennine Way up to Darwen Tower. By now the wind was so strong that it was impossible for any of us to walk directly to the base of the tower, instead we approached it from the far side and even then it was difficult and nobody ventured up to the top of it.
Leaving the tower we took the path down towards Sunnyhurst Wood before branching off to pass Sniddle Hill Farm and through the fields to enter Bold Venture Park by a rusty gate part way down the higher section, then on through the park back to our cars.
Our next walk is on Monday 7th March leaving the Old School at 8.40am. This walk will start at Helmshore Textile Museum car park at 8.55am from where we will walk over Musbury Heights above the 3 reservoirs towards Pickup Bank then to Clough Head Café for lunch before returning to Helmshore via Haslingden Moor and the old railway track, now part of route 6 National Cycleway.
All are welcome. You are advised to wear appropriate clothing and hiking boots. There are plenty of stiles and steep inclines. Sorry no dogs.