Sunnyhurst Woods map
Sunnyhurst Woods, Darwen
Sunnyhurst Wood was originally used for hunting but was later sold to a local mill owner. Later as the cotton industry declined, and to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII, the woods were given to the public and opened as a park in 1903.
Today the 'park' is only 10% open spaces and 90% woodland (beech, oak and other native species, plus some conifer stands), which makes it excellent for orienteering. After May, undergrowth can be thick in some parts, though other parts remain runnable all year. There are paths in the valley bottom as well as terraced tracks high on the valley sides. Steep paths and steps link the levels, though experienced orienteers will find other routes through the woodland.
The area provides both easy orienteering along the many linking paths and technical orienteering should you choose to take the direct route.