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Jubilee Tower, Darwen

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The octagonal Jubilee Tower at grid reference SD678215 on Darwen Hill overlooking the town of Darwen in Lancashire, England, was completed in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and also to celebrate the victory of the local people for the right to access the moor. It was opened to the public on 24 September 1898.The tower is 85ft in height, while Darwen Hill is 1,220 feet above sea-level. Walkers can climb to the top of the tower via the internal staircase to admire the views of North Yorkshire, Morecambe Bay, Blackpool Tower, Cumbria, the Isle of Man, North Wales, Derbyshire, elsewhere in Lancashire, and surrounding moorland.BackgroundPackmen, peddlers, farmers and labourers used tracks and moorland paths to go about their business. In the 1870s the Lord of the manor of Over Darwen, the Reverend William Arthur Duckworth, blocked ancient rights of way preventing access to the moor even though he was an absentee landlord. Game rights were a valuable commodity and Duckworth did not wish to have his land devalued by trespassers on the moors. William Thomas Ashton, manager of Eccles Shorrock's mines at Dogshaw Clough and Entwistle Moss used the moorland footpaths well to deliver coal to farmers and other customers. Whenever Duckworth's gamekeepers blocked his way Ashton cleared the paths. The struggle led to the courts where Duckworth lost and in September 1896 people resumed walking the moorland footpaths and, as Ashton died in 1884, his sons led a procession onto the moors in celebration.
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  • Great place to visit with access from several points in Darwen and Tockholes. The views are amazing on a clear day and the various moorland footpaths are a joy for walkers and mountain bikers alike b 
  • Well worth a visit for families with children who will love reaching the tower and then being able to climb to the top and see all the views. Can be muddy on the way up so boots or wellies are best. G...  more »
  • There are different options to walk to the tower, some long circulars and other shorter routes - something to suit everybody. Whichever route you take the views are stunning from the top - very exhila...  more »
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  • Great fun to walk too. Many different paths. Great for the family. Always fun having a picnic too.
  • Great walk. Great views from the tower and even better once you climb to the very top. A few benches and rest stops on the way. Young children will enjoy it but the steps to the top can be dark !!
  • A lovely area to walk around, and it's great you can climb to the top of the tower for great views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Darwen Moor is an excellent place for trail runners to get some hills in. The trails are very good and well signposted. One caveat - although this is access land, venture off the trails and you'll most likely end up struggling through bogs and tussocks, ruining your average page.
  • Historical landmark celebrating the Jubilee of Queen Victoria.