The weather forecast said ‘Bright and breezy’ just what we needed for our walk to the Singing Ringing Tree.
The Singing Ringing Tree is a Panopticon situated on the moors overlooking Burnley. Designed by the architect Tonkin Liu, ‘Singing Ringing Tree’ is a unique musical structure. It is constructed from pipes made of galvanised steel which use the energy of the wind to produce a melodic humming noise. Some of the pipes are purely structural whilst others have been cut to produce the sound. To ensure that the tree sings in harmony these pipes have been tuned according to their length and holes have been added to their undersides.
We started our walk from Towneley Hall and headed west to cross the Todmorden Road. We then followed signs for ‘The Burnley Way’ climbing through some woodland to open fields. On route we passed a replica brick kiln designed by the artist Julie Miles.
We crossed Burnley Golf course and headed for the moors. We could see the Singing Ringing Tree on the horizon and it seemed a long way off and in between were some boggy bits. Sometimes our walk descriptions were a bit vague and we had to look carefully for the marker posts, some of them topped by carved figures.
We decided to add on the optional 5 km extension to the walk and climbed up towards towards a stone wall shelter.
We dropped down towards Clowbridge Reservoir and then followed signs for the Limey Valley Walk. The route meandered along the valley and led us to Crown Point close to the Singing Ringing Tree.
As we approached we could hear the ‘tree singing’ and just as we got there the sun came out lighting up the scene.
The view was magnificent and we could look down on Burnley and across to Pendle Hill in the distance.
We now headed northeast to cross first the Bacup Road and then the Todmorden Road before re-entering the grounds of Towneley Hall.
We had walked 8 miles and were back in plenty of time to enjoy a pot of tea and a slice of cake in the cafe at the garden centre.