Sunday, 24th February 2019

Walk: Great Hill, Solomon's Temple, Roddlesworth, Tockholes No 2 Plantation, Sunnyhurst Wood, Darwen Tower, Darwen Moor, Hollinshead Hall, Conyries Plantation
Start Point: Crookfield Road car park Grid Reference: SD 665 191
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 1,760 feet
Time: 5.8 hours
Weather: Sunny and very mild for this time of year
Comments: Having moved away from this area 20 months ago I decided on a return visit to do a walk I used to do from White Coppice. It was a very enjoyable day with varied terrain. The path from near Crookfield Road to Great Hill was very boggy in places and needed careful navigation.

The sun shines brightly on Great Hill . . .

and at Solomon's Temple

Rake Brook Reservoir near Abbey Village

The footbridge takes us across . . .

Rake Brook

Walking through Roddlesworth . . .

the sun on the bare trees . . .

provides many interesting shots . . .

which cannot be missed!

River Roddlesworth

Looking over Earnsdale Reservoir to Darwen Tower from our lunch spot

Lots of work going on . . .

in Sunnyhurst Wood

Sunnyhurst Wood bandstand

Lots of visitors at Darwen Tower today

It is also known as Jubilee Tower as it was built commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and also to celebrate the victory of the local people for the right to access the moor.

Sunnyhurst Hey Reservoir was constructed in 1875. In recent years problems found
with the embankment were considered to be too expensive to repair
and the reservoir has been drained and made into a wetland area.

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