Map by kind permission of Johnston Press
turning right onto a broad track leading out onto the moors. Quickly the elevated nature of this part of the route will become obvious with wide views to the north.
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 and follow the wide track heading north.
Keep ahead on this as it leads to the edge of Darwen and brings you out opposite Sunnyhurst pub.
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 - bur return to this point. After passing an elegant bandstand
the path crosses the stream and turns right.
Keep ahead on the main path with the stream on your left. The path gradually climbs to reach the end of the wood(and park) at a kissing gate close to the Earnsdale Reservoir.
Keep ahead on a narrow stony path that climbs away from the reservoir. After 150yds it reaches a junction. Here turn right.
Soon on a broad track with an open aspect keep on this until it swings round to reach Tockholes Road and a cluster of houses.
After 50yds turn left towards Silk Hall Farm. After passing the farm take a footpath on the right
that leads across two fields to descend to Chapels Lane.
Turn left. After passing the United Reform chapel on the right
follow the lane as it bends first to the right and then to the left passing a terrace of cottages on the left. Keep ahead at the next cross roads to follow an ancient path passing the pinfold on the left to reach other cluster of cottages. At Rose Cottage on the right
turn right on a drive heading towards an imposing house. Before you reach it take a footpath on the left and continue the descent towards Roddlesworth Woods (with the imposing house to the right). The path is not clear but a direct line will bring you to the metal gate on the edge of the woods.
A short path leads to the main track. Turn left. In 200yds the track reaches the end of the upper reservoir. Keep ahead through a kissing gate and bear right onto a path that edges near the shore.
This reunites with the main broader track.
Keep on this for 500yds to reach a junction where a path branches left towards Roddlesworth Information Centre. This will take you back to the starting point.