Darwen Spaceship 22nd November 2015

Winter draws on, boots in my case.

I’d bought a map of the West Pennines and wanted to give it an airing. Parked up at Sunnyhurst Wood car park. Bimbled my way up to the Darwen Jubilee Tower which was erected in 1897 by public subscription and renovated in 1997 by public subscription and it’s clearly a place a lot of people come and enjoy. The tower itself looks like a spaceship from afar.

I did a short circuit on muddy and in places icy paths overlooking Sunnyhurst and Earnsdale reservoirs. Sunnyhurst has been drained by United Utilities and is being converted to moor and wetland because they have “more efficient ways of managing water supplies”. It just looks like a drained reservoir so this may take a little longer than the projected one year which they wrote in Spring 2014.

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Please visit Map and Compass and learn how to interpret a map and use a compass with me and my navigation partner, Cath.


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