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Temporary Closure of Footpaths and Bridleways

The effect of the order will be to prohibit any persons using the footpaths and bridleways [see the map] to enable repairs to be carried out on the Belgrave access track to Darwen Tower and essential maintenance repairs to the Tower itself

The closure will become effective on the 25th of March 2021 for a period of six months or until the works have been completed.

Bridleways 67 & 51 [part] Footpaths 57, 58 &59 [part] and Footpaths 68 & 69 Darwen

Hole House

Hi, Folks,

After being contacted about a couple of concerns where the WestPennine link  bridleway goes past Hole House, Darwen I went on Saturday to meet the new, very amenable, owners.  They have rescued a sow who is, at the moment, in a pen at the side of the bridleway gate – not being “horsey” people they were unaware of the problems between pigs and horses . The intention is to move “Miss Piggy” to the other side of the yard  but ,obviously, time and expense  means that this will not happen immediately. Please be aware and patient. 

The owners have resurfaced the bridleway at the side of their property to a very high standard and also replaced the gate leading up to their house  with a five barred gate and a bridleway gate at the side – all at their own expense, I wish all landowners were as helpful.

The other concern was about large dogs. The two at Hole House , although large  are very friendly  but, more importantly, are well secured. There are several dogs in the property next door ( shared access) but,again, although very vocal are well secured.

The owners of Hole House are happy for folks to “knock on the door” if there’s a problem going past.

I would also ask folks to be on the lookout for cyclists(some!) careering past and if anyone locally has any knowledge of groups of young people going to the area to take drugs to contact the police ( there has been a large amount of detritus from drug taking left on the fields – not ideal with young children playing on the fields)


Many Thanks




Roddlesworth Woods

Hi  Kay, I just wanted to keep you up to date regarding works in Roddlesworth Woods. 


We are now in a position to begin the forest road construction works and so we have a start date of 5th June.  We anticipate the works will take around 4 weeks to complete, during which time the footpaths in the vicinity will be temporarily closed.  We have put up signs (see attached) informing visitors of the imminent works and the footpath closures including an alternative route avoiding the working area.  As soon as the work begins we will close the footpaths  for the Health & Safety of members of the public and the contractors.


Also, Roddlesworth Lane, leading off Bolton Road (A675) into the woods will be busy with heavy construction traffic for the period of the works.


As soon as the works are complete, the footpaths will be reopened.

Horse Shoes

I have just received this photo, with a little information, courtesy of Zephyrine Barbarachild:

A recently found aluminium/alloy cast race horseshoe, & a huge shire horseshoe from Green Smithy, Bentham, when Frank Taylor closed down the forge on his 70th b’day a few yrs back.