Start. Main entrance Bold Venture Park, Manor Road, Darwen.BB3 2SF
Map by kind permission of Johnston Press
Once beyond it bear left over a bridge with the waterfall to the right. Ascend a flight of steps and turn right crossing the fall to a feature called the Labyrinth. Take a path leading right in the direction of the weather station.
Near it exit the park crossing Manor Road into Westland Avenue. At the end of the road
join a broad farm track. This is Turn Lane. Keep ahead at the next junction and keep on the track for 600yds.
As you reach the track coming down from Darwen Tower turn right. When you reach the Sunnyhurst pub
turn left and then right through the lychgate
leading into Sunnyhurst Park. Where the path divides take the right fork as it descends into the densely wooded vale. In a little under 500yds you reach the bottom of the valley at a junction of tracks. The visitors centre, toilets and café are to the right - use all three if you like - but return to this point. After passing an elegant bandstand
the path crosses the stream and turns left. The way to Earnsdale Reservoir is blocked by a recent landfall so at the first junction of paths go right
on a path leading up the side of the valley. As you reach the top take the path towards stables.
Through the yard keep ahead and after passing the house turn left on a concrete track. This takes you to a corner above the reservoir. Turn right on a stony path known as Donkey Brew.
After 150yds it reaches a junction. Here keep ahead to reach Tockholes Road.
which bearing left to begin with soon leads downhill. In 300yds it reaches a broad well-made track. Cross this to take a narrower path
that leads to the end of a reservoir.
Stay left to enter the valley formed by Roddlesworth River. When you reach a flat bridge
cross it turn left and follow the river
on an undulating path through trees to reach a bridge. On reaching the track turn left and then left again on a broad track. After gateposts turn right on a path that broadens into a track leading uphill.
to join a broad track leading out onto the moors.
After 600yds the track passes through a small wood.
On the far side bear left where the track divides and then cross a stile on the right leading onto a narrow path that climbs steeply up the flank of Darwen Hill. As it levels out it joins a broader path that continues above the escarpment to reach Darwen Tower
one of the county's most prominent monuments. Inside a spiral staircase will take you to the top for an exhilarating view. Viewing over return to the base. From the tower follow the main track for 100yds and then where it divides branch right. As this track turns right near a bench keep ahead on a narrow path to descend to a farm. Turn right onto a broad track. At the next farm
turn left go through its yard and after this bends to the right take an almost obscure metal gate on the left.
This leads into the upper section of Bold Venture Park where further delights await.
At Manor Road bear slightly right to enter the lower section and return to the starting point.