Join local historian Nick Burton and explore the two features that made Darwen prosper - the River Darwen itself and the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. We will find the very source of the Darwen and its tributaries and uncover the tales behind the building of the Bolton to Clitheroe railway line including a visit to the Grade II listed historic Sough Tunnel entrance. The walk will involve stiles, some gradients and field paths. Boots are essential but the walk will be at a very leisurely easy pace!
We will have a cup of tea/coffee/soft drink on arrival before we set off for the walk. The walk will take approximately 2 hours at an easy pace with plenty of stops to chat (approximately 3.5 miles total walk length) .
Afternoon tea when we get back with a wide selection of traditional sandwiches, there will be familiar flavours, smoked salmon and cream cheese, roast ham, beef with Fortnum and Mason's Beer mustard, Brindle double egg yolkers and cress, but then there will be some new ones too - goats cheese and caramelised red onion, roast chicken with Parmesan and basil, blue cheese and fig, guacamole and feta, mushroom with a hint of roasted black garlic and parsley - is your mouth watering yet?
Warm, straight out of the oven, soft, fluffy homemade scones with jam, oooohhh not just your ordinary raspberry and strawberry (yes you can have these if you want) but we will also have apricot, lemon curd, Giuseppe damson, golden raspberry, rose petal jelly, blackcurrant and vanilla, apricot and passion fruit, raspberry and Morello cherry to name but a few. There will of course also be a variety of cakes and meringues.
Soft drinks, coffee and a wide selection of tea also available.