Explores 85 acres of woodland on this circular walk through Sunnyhurst Woods in Darwen. There's a nice stream running through the woods with good waterside footpaths on either side. It's perfect for a peaceful stroll and a picnic. The area is also a nature reserve so look out for a wide variety of flowering plants and birdlife including the great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, tree creeper, kingfisher and tawny owl. There is also a pretty visitor centre with information about all the trails in the woods.
This circular walk takes you through the woods and then past the neighbouring reservoirs of Earnsdale and Sunnyhurst Hey. Near the reservoirs there are great views across the moorland to Jubilee Tower.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could pick up the Witton Weavers Way and climb Darwen Tower for great views over the surrounding countryside.
Sunnyhurst Woods PostcodeBB3 0LA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Sunnyhurst Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Sunnyhurst Woods Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Sunnyhurst Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Sunnyhurst Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Blackburn Walk visits the Jubilee Tower and the woods from the train station of the nearby town. It follows the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Witton Weavers Way to the tower before heading to Sunnyhurst Woods and Darwen train station.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lancashire Walks page.