Sunday, 30th October 2011


Walk: Towneley Hall car park, Burnley Way, Limy Road, Singing-Ringing Tree, Cliviger, Towneley Hall
Start Point: Towneley Hall car park Grid Ref: SD 851 306
Distance: 8.8 miles Ascent: 1,180 feet
Weather: Mild and sunny
Accompanied by:

Sheila, Phil and Helen

Comments: An easy walk to visit the Burnley's Panoptican, 'The Singing-Ringing Tree'. It is a unique musical sculpture in the form of a tree bending against the wind, designed by award-winning architects Tonkin-Liu. As the wind blows it produces a low and mellow hum through pipes which are tuned so that they do not disturb the wildlife. Parts of the route were rather muddy but the majority was on good tracks. Although this was the penultimate day of October we were able to walk without jackets for much of the time. The day was topped off by a visit to the Stables Cafe on the return to Towneley Hall.


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

A decorated replica of a brick kiln by artist Julie Miles . . .


assisted by children from a local school


One of the 12 carved oak marker posts


Autumn colours


Shire horses enjoy the grass


One of four sculptures representing the seasons, this being Summer with a 'succulent fronds holding a ripening seed' . . .


while this represents Autumn - 'summer's fruit ripen, ready to fall to the ground'


Another marker, near the Singing-Ringing Tree


A sculpture by the entrance to the Panoptican . . .


where the tiles represent various scenes


Panopticans was a unique project to erect a series of 21st century landmarks across East Lancashire as symbols of the renaissance of the area


The Singing-Ringing Tree is constructed from pipes of galvanised steel . . .


which harvest the energy of the prevailing winds to produce a low tuneful song.


Some pipes are structural only, while others are musical, with a cut across their width enabling the sound.


To ensure that the tree sings in harmony, they have been tuned according to their length by adding holes to the underside of each.


The base of the tree


Coal Clough Wind Farm


One of the sculptures on the Towneley Hall woodland trail


War Memorial


The back of the hall . . .


overlooks a lake and fountain


Looking back to the hall from the track to the car park

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