Sponsored Walk 2010

The Singing Ringing Tree

Friday October 1st saw torrential rain. Saturday     2nd October dry, breezy and neither too hot nor cold,   perfect walking weather. Sunday 3rd October torrential   rain. How fortunate we were to be graced with such   fantastic weather for the walk.  Ten of us walkers plus Jim   our driver met at Church at 8.30am and using three cars we   drove over to near Towneley Hall on the outskirts of Burnley.

We then set off on the walk up to the "Singing Ringing Tree" positioned on the moors above Burnley. Jim drove round and met us at one place on the way up to ensure everyone was feeling  ok before the longest stretch of the walk bordering the golf club and through farmland, woodland and open moor before we reached the car park close to the Tree. Sandwiches and drinks were consumed here before the short stroll to the Tree, a metal sculpture made from 4 inch diameter tubing, the shortest being at the bottom and gradually getting longer towards the top. The tree twists towards the top and is offset so that it has the appearance of a wind blown tree in an exposed position leaning with the constant buffeting of the prevailing wind. Singing and Ringing may be a slight exaggeration but it does howl, the volume being dependant upon the strength of the wind.

From here to the finish was all downhill across farmland and through a delightful little hamlet before another meeting with Jim and then into the extensive grounds of Towneley Hall, a beautiful building in a lovely park. If you are ever in Burnley with time to relax then visit Towneley Hall, it is this side of the town on the Bacup Road.

We walked a total of 8 miles to visit the Singing Ringing Tree but you could park in the nearby car park and walk a couple of hundred yards to it, the car park is on Crown Point Road which is easily accessible from the Bacup Road.

No walk would be complete without a drink to quench the thirst and as the weather was so pleasant we sat in the garden of a pub on the way home. A perfect way to end a very enjoyable day.  Have a look at the attached photos and you never know you may be tempted to follow in our footsteps,

David Mills



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