Dunscar to Darwen 25-08-2017 – Leader Derek

Dunscar to Darwen 25-08-2017 – Leader Derek

In very pleasant weather, and with a good forecast, 11 of us caught the bus from Darwen (aka Cotton Town) to Dunscar Bridge, Bolton, where we started the walk by going north across Dunscar Golf Course to the delightful Walmsley Unitarian Chapel and Hall.  A lady there told us some of the history, especially about the longest serving Minister, William Probert, a Welshman who wrote the runes shown in the picture, which mean ‘Learning is more valuable than riches or wealth’.  The motto inside the chapel – ‘Enter as strangers, leave as friends’ – could easily apply to Rossie Ramblers, I think.  Our coffee break was taken soon after, and we then climbed through woodland on the Witton Weavers Way to overlook Belmont Reservoir and Sailing Club.  We carried on following the WWW across Longworth Moor to our lunch stop, with very pleasant views, though the seating area made life difficult for Linda – but she coped very well, as you will see.

During the lunch break, Roger and Derek told us about an early trespass on Darwen Moor, and we later saw a stone that may have some connection with this, but the dates and initials did not tie up.  Nearby, Derek showed us a bench dedicated to the memory of an ex-president of Blackburn Ramblers, and explained that he wants his own ashes scattered by his family on all of his favourite summits!  Then the really hard work began as we cut across Darwen Moor between two sections of the WWW.  Here ‘the grass was as high as an elephant’s eye’, so we could not see what our feet were doing.  Even with the courtly help of Derek and John, several of us gently collapsed on this stretch, so we were glad when it came to an end.

On easier ground, we continued across Darwen Moor, with lovely heathery views,  to the splendid Jubilee Tower, which some of us ascended.  Those who did not should knock 86 feet off each of the ascent and descent figures quoted!  The top of the tower was blown off in 2010, but was replaced in 2011 with a stainless steel structure built and installed by apprentices of local engineering company WEC.  Around here Linda began to experience some difficulties with the camera that we are now using, and managed to take some artistic but spooky shots!  After the tower, we twiddled around and down, passing the one-time home of Samuel Crompton, to reach Dolly’s Café, inside the quirky Darwen Furniture and Gifts emporium.  We sat outside very pleasantly, and enjoyed good value refreshments to end a splendid day, thanks to Derek, though my thighs know all about the crossing of Darwen Moor!  Thanks also to Linda for some cracking pics – much appreciated.

(Write up Arnold, pics Linda & David.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Thanks Arnold for doing the report, L&D for the photos, and Joe for showing the way over Darwen Moor.

  2. A good walk especially the elephants!
    Eccles Shorrock was the coal merchant who employed Ashton as manager. It was this Ashton who brought the court case against Rev Duckworth to maintain access to the Moor.

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