IAN Mabon re­cently led a long walk com­menc­ing from Towne­ley Hall, lo­cated on the south eastern edge of Burn­ley, Lan­cashire.

Set in a park of 284 acres, the hall is Grade I listed and the present build­ing dates from the 14th cen­tury. It was owned by the Towne­ley fam­ily for many cen­turies. To­day it is owned and man­aged by Burn­ley Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Con­sist­ing of a party of 12, the group set out by fol­low­ing a sec­tion of the Burn­ley Way to Clow­bridge.

The Burn­ley Way is a 40-mile sign­posted recre­ational path which loops to the west and to the east of the town and crosses sev­eral moor­land ar­eas.

With sunny skies and vir­tu­ally no breeze, there was only one yacht out on Clow­bridge Reser­voir as we skirted the south­ern and eastern shores.

A grad­ual as­cent took the group to the lunch stop over­look­ing Burn­ley and the hills be­yond, in­clud­ing Pen­dle Hill, In­gle­bor­ough and Pen-y-ghent, the lat­ter two still snow clad.

A short walk took the group to the Singing Ring­ing Tree which was the high­light of the walk. This mod­ern sculp­ture con­sists of a se­ries of gal­vanised steel pipes of vary­ing lengths and set at an­gles in a shape of a tree.

The wind blow­ing through th­ese pipes emits a low ring­ing sound but to­day we had picked one of those rare days when there was no breeze and hence no sound.

The re­turn walk was via a long grad­ual de­scent to Cliviger Bridge, his­toric Bar­croft Hall, fa­mous for its folk­lore and New­field Farm. The day was rounded off with af­ter­noon tea and scones at the busy cafe in the grounds of Towne­ley Hall.

For more de­tails of East Cheshire Ram­blers’ pro­gramme of week­end and mid­week walks rang­ing from four to 15 miles in length, go to ram­blerseastcheshire. org.uk.

East Cheshire Ram­blers pause at the si­lent Singing Ring­ing Tree

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