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.
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.
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.
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.