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The Singing Ringing Tree


Date : 01st March 2009


Leader : Pauline Hughes
Report by : Phil Bedson Photos © : Phil Bedson



The Singing Ringing Tree


The Singing Ringing Tree was the strange title of the walk for today and that was the destination for 11 members of Hyndburn Ramblers. Parking our three vehicles on a small track to the north of Clowbridge Reservoir, the group set off down the track before turning left through a kissing gate to pick up a good path over the moor. Twisting and turning its way through the grasses the path steadily rose uphill until we met Crown Point Road. Taking care to cross straight over - some drivers think itís a racetrack - we picked up another path which was to take us to the object of our days walk atop Crown Point.



left:
Moorland path


right: Having a cuppa


Panopticons - that was the strange word given to the works of art which are scattered over East Lancashire and which includes the Singing Ringing Tree. Two of the others - Halo and Atom - are also being visited by the group during the course of this year. Upon arrival at the sculpture the wind was being very obliging and the droning sound emanating from the tree was something a little different. After a brief stop for coffee the walk resumed in a north easterly direction towards Dixon Hill where we joined a track that took us down to the A671 Bacup Road. Turning left along the road for a short distance we took a track off to our right which we followed for a short while before taking a footbridge and stile off into a field, past the snowdrops blooming amongst the trees. We continued over the field and, taking great care whilst crossing the rail tracks, descended down to cross the A646(T) Burnley Road at Walk Mill. A path behind the housing estate led us via a footbridge to a road, adorned by old machinery, which in turn would lead us to the outer edge of the Towneley Park estate. Field paths and woodland trails soon took us to the majestic frontage of Towneley Hall where our leader declared lunch.



left:
Towneley Hall


right: Having Lunch


After lunch, the group followed the woodland paths through the estate, watched by numerous grey squirrels, to again emerge onto the A671. On reaching the opposite side we took a track uphill before following a woodland path, past some old coke ovens, alongside the railway. We then passed a decorated brick kiln which is a work of art by a local artist. After a housing estate another woodland path took us up to join the A646 again.



left:
A carved waymarker post


right: Steps through the woodland


After crossing the road we went up a driveway a few metres before taking a path which rose quite steeply up until we arrived at the boundary of a Golf Club. Although a few us wanted to go straight on we were reluctantly ushered around the boundary fence to leave the course via a stile. The following moorland was quite wet and boggy in places as we made our way over to Copy Farm, although we didnít quite reach it. Taking a rough path down into a valley we followed it up to Copy Clough Plantation and from here it was straightforward up to Crown Point Road. Crossing over to go through a gate we followed a wall uphill to join the Burnley Way. A clear path then took us all the way down to the A682 just a few metres up from where the walk had started. It was just starting to rain.


A walker with a smile!






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