Car based walk suitable for new walkers, with Andy Murphy.
A circular car based walk from the Hare and Hounds Pub car park, Abbey Village with a slight climb to Jubilee (Darwin) tower through woodland past reservoirs and over moorland on mostly well defined paths, sections of the walk are along the Witton Weavers’ Way. There is 200m of ascent on the walk with most ascent (around 100m) being the climb from Tockholes road, Darwen Moor to Jubilee Tower.
Jubilee tower was built to celebrate sixty years of the reign of Queen Victoria; it’s an octagonal structure with many stone steps to climb and an iron staircase as well with spectacular views at the top on a clear day. The tower sadly doesn’t have a roof anymore, tower was renovated and the new roof blew off in a storm a few years back.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Car Sharing
For car share walks, we meet at a convenient Manchester location and drive to the walk start using as few cars as possible. This keeps fuel costs and emissions down. Passengers please remember to contribute towards fuel costs at the end of the day.
Itinerary is below - click links for map and further information.
09:00: Meet at Deansgate Locks for lift share organising.
09:10: Cars will leave for the walk start (Hare and Hounds Pub, Abbey Village).
10:30: Walk starts at Hare and Hounds Pub, Abbey Village.
If you are driving, please make every effort to attend the Deansgate Locks meet point as some people may depend on a lift to get to the walk start. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, especially if you intend to drive there directly.
Please park considerately in Abbey Village, pub car park or on Dole Lane opposite the pub. Unfortunately the Hare and Hounds pub at the start and end of the walk appears to be closed down, however there will be a toilet/refreshment stop approx 2.5 miles into the walk at Roddlesworth Visitor Country Café there is also the Royal Arms pub next door to the café and a possibility (if people want to stop) to visit Sunnyhurst Pub after descending from Jubilee Tower into Darwen.