Tackler’s Trail, Part of Witton Weaver’s Way, Darwen

Stone wall with lichen and barbed wire fence

Inspired by Becky’s WalkingSquares, I’m inviting you to take in the view along Witton Weaver’s Way, a 32 mile circular walk that crosses Darwen moor.

Witton Weaver’s Way has four sections: Beamer’s, Reeler’s, Tackler’s and Warper’s Trails, all named for jobs in the cotton industry. My first two pictures are taken from Tackler’s Trail, not far from Lord’s Hall.

Tackler's Trail, part of Witton Weaver's Way, crossing Darwen Moor
Tackler’s Trail

Those who plan to take on the full walk should prepare for a few surprises crossing this innocent-looking section, courtesy of tufty, uneven ground and near year-round bogginess.

View from Darwen moor

On the plus side, walkers can take in the views, watch birds, spot lichens on the traditional dry stone walls, rest on a bench or stain their fingers by picking wimberries in season.

Wild art: uneven stone patterned with lichens
Wild art

While we’re up here, I want to show you a favourite brief section of footpath. Some stones here are beautifully coloured to begin with and randomly shaped. Gently carved, split here and there, scattered with smaller pebbles and laced with lichens, they strike me as wild art. I don’t believe as a child I was ever plonked here and left for half an hour, but had I been, it would have been time well spent.

For more information and maps of Witton Weaver’s Way, check out the council’s website. My last two pictures show one of many short detours along the route, but all roads around here lead to the Jubilee Tower.

41 Replies to “Tackler’s Trail, Part of Witton Weaver’s Way, Darwen”

  1. Oh, those views! It could make a person feel like bursting into song, even if she isn’t a very good singer. 😉 And those rocks look as though they have been decorated by a person. But no, it was Mother Nature, who is the most sublime artist of all.

    1. I enjoyed reading about lichens a year or so ago. Now I see every patch of moss and lichens as a tiny cottage garden. I had no idea how old and slow growing they can be.

      1. If the locals don’t see it it may be because they’re so used to it. Lancashire County is a wonderland of flora fauna and sights to behold! Especially from us over on this side of the planet…

    1. Yes, although I have plunged my whole shoe into an unexpected bog a time or two by attempting the trail at the ‘wrong’ time of the year. Yet I am always aware that people once walked this way to get to work.

    1. I think you’d like it, though it’s better in the summer and of course you have to clamber over a few styles. Perhaps one day when you’re feeling hike-ready we could meet up. (I just saw some of your long-Covid comments over on Becky’s blog)

      1. I’m all in favour of meeting fellow bloggers: I’ve met quite a few in my time, some of whom have become friends. I’m over-egging my walking disability a bit. I need to get over myself. Use it or lose it and all that. So yes, I’d like that. A resolution for 2023?

  2. These are fabulous photos and views, could almost be Cornwall and if you look out for my lens-artist post on Saturday you will see a photo very similar to your first one! The wild art is very beautiful.

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