Tockholes Walk. ๐Ÿฅพ

Hi there, hope everyone has had a good Christmas break. On Boxing Day, despite it being a bit drizzly and damp, we were up for a good walk to blow away the cobwebs. Out came the Guide To Lancashire Pub Walks by Nick Burton. We decided to try the last route in this handy little pocket size book, taking in moorland and woodland near the West Pennines village of Tockholes. I am sure parts of this trek have been covered by other bloggers I follow, but it is an area myself and Wil definitely need to explore more.

We parked near The Royal Arms pub, which looks to be a popular ramblers Inn with toasty fires , serves food and is dog friendly. In no time we were walking up Darwen Moor, heading into the mist.

Darwen Moor and a sign for its popular landmark, not a rocket ๐Ÿš€ but Darwen Tower.
Moorland horse.
On the move.
And so are we, in the opposite direction.
Back onto moorland by Stepback Brook.
We didn’t head for the tower, which at the moment is obscured by scaffolding anyway, but followed the signs across the fell and back down toward woodland.
Zig Zagging across the Moors, we heard Grouse calling to one another.
Once in Roddlesworth Woods saw lots of Winter Fungi.
Witches Butter Fungi aka Yellow Brain.
Turkey Tail Fungi in the Moss.
In the Woods, the rather spooky remains of Hollinshead Hall, including this old Well House, where pilgrims stopped on the way to Whalley Abbey.
This lovely Pack Horse Bridge was perfect for a pit stop.
A view from the bridge over Rocky Brook.
Tockholes Tourists.
Some kind person had spread bird seed along the opposite bridge wall. Coal Tits, Nuthatch and even Grey Wagtail ( above) were enjoying their Christmas feast.
Nuthatch.
Hugo found an Orange ball which he decided to roll down every little hill he came across.
He also had fun in Rocky Brook.
Pixie Cup Lichen.
We followed the woodland path as far as Roddlesworth Reservoir.
And then turned back on ourselves and found a wooded path back up to The Royal Arms.

This was a good 4 -5 mile walk and I’m hopeful we will make it back to the area soon. Loved all the wildlife seen and the rugged Lancashire landscape.

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22 thoughts on “Tockholes Walk. ๐Ÿฅพ”

  1. It looks like you had an enjoyable walk. I’ve driven through Tockholes many times on my way to Go Outdoors but it’s a few years since I walked round there.

      1. I was out that way today on my way to Go, the Royal car park was choc-a-block and lines of cars parked at various points along the road – heaven knows why everyone was up there as it was as misty as hell ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. What a brilliant walk and great variety of photos! Hugo is very lucky to have you both as his family. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

  3. A lovely walk, plenty to see along the way. The old well house looks forbidding, love the thought of ruins in the woods though- fascinating! Great captures of the birds too, a real joy to see. All the best for the New Year.

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