Darwen has many Green Spaces for you to investigate, and these can be found in the Green Spaces section of this website.  There are numerous old photos for you to look at there, but here we want to show you what a walk in the three main park and woodland areas is like today.  Three of the Green Spaces in Darwen are Grade II listed:  Whitehall Park, Bold Venture Park and Sunnyhurst Wood.  They each have their own charm and attraction to locals and visitors alike, and we hope that these photo walks will give you a taste for sampling the attractions in person.

Sunnyhurst Wood

Sunnyhurst Wood has three main paths, all of which are inter-linked throughout the Wood.  There are twelve different entrances to the Wood and you can start your walk from any one of them.  The changing seasons provide different aspects to experience, from the Kingfisher on the brook in the early part of the year, to the deer roaming for most of the year, the depth of colour with the bluebells in Spring and the autumn tints of the foliage as the weather changes.  

This is a popular spot for visitors and the Wood is well used, not surprising given the variety which it has to offer.This particular walk starts at Potters Gate on Earnsdale Road and follows the Top Path South Side to the exit beyond Spion Kop from where you leave the Wood briefly to cross the Reservoir.  Having crossed the Reservoir you re-enter the Wood and follow the Middle Path until you reach the Lightbown Fountain where you take the Earnsdale Path back up to the start point.

If you wish to see Whitehall Park please click on the button.

If you wish to see Bold Venture Park please click on the button.

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