Wednesday, 22nd July 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Through Towneley woods along the Burnley Way -Lower Small Hazels. Cont. SW - Clowbridge Res. Return NE along Limey Water- Crown Point and the Singing Ringing Tree.  NE - Dixon Hill, Spring Gardens.  Rejoin Burnley Way - Cliviger Mill Bridge then NW through Broad Ing and the playing fields to reach the start point.
Start Point: Towneley Hall car park Grid Reference: SD 856 309
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Sunshine and showers - with some heavy downpours
Comments: The walk generally was taken from the Millennium Burnley Wayside Arts Trail. The trail features signposts with wildlife sculptures and a model brick kiln. These have involved children from various schools in the town. The walk goes through woodland which had been the scene of a murder the previous day! past old coke ovens, over the golf course then across moorland before reaching the reservoir. At that point the heavens opened but only for a short while and the threatening clouds just remained threatening. At Crown Point we were able to picnic in the sunshine and enjoy the views. The Singing Ringing Tree was on good form - very tuneful and we were duly impressed. This Panoptican was opened in 2006 and has won an architectural award. It can be seen on the skyline for miles around Burnley. Equally on a really clear day the 360degree views are superb. It is well worth a visit. The photos of the Panoptican were taken on the recce -we could only just make out Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough.

There is a website about the Panopticans:- www.panopticans.uk.net

 

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

View of Pendle from the Panoptican

 

View East from the Panoptican

 

The Singing Tree

 

Model of a brick kiln

 

We welcomed two new walkers, Kevin and Liz

 

Guess who!

 

That must have been a good tune!

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