Wednesday 24th August 2022
Walk: Clowbridge Reservoir, Townley Park and Singing Ringing Tree
After leaving the car park at Clowbridge Reservoir we cross Manchester Road and joined the Burnley Way, following it up the cattle grid at Crown Point. Once across the road we continued along the footpath, that crosses Burnley Golf Club and headed down to Townley Park where we made use of the facilities for our morning coffee break. The hall dates back to the 14th Century and is well worth a visit.
Once refreshed we made our way through the park and into Cliviger, yet another small village steeped in history, dating back to the Bronze Age. We then started the hard part of the walk, the climb up to the Singing Ringing tree stopping to have lunch on the way.
At the top of the climb, we were fortunate that the wind was blowing in the right direction allowing the Singing Ringing Tree to perform its mournful sound.
The final part of the walk took us back to Crown Point and across the moors back to Clowbridge, but not before stopping to look at the remains of the abandoned village of Gambleside, uninhabited for 130 years. One of the more interesting features, was the remains of a stone bath used for outdoor baptisms.
On return to the car park we had covered 10 historic miles.