The Singing Ringing Tree, perched at Crown Point in the hills above Burnley, is a striking and iconic sculpture that has become a beloved landmark in Lancashire.

Designed by award-winning architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, this unique musical sculpture was completed in 2006 as part of the Panopticons art project. Standing at approximately three meters tall, the Singing Ringing Tree is composed of galvanised steel pipes that are arranged in a cylindrical form resembling a tree.

When the wind blows through the pipes, it creates hauntingly beautiful sounds, earning the sculpture its evocative name. Visitors are drawn to the Singing Ringing Tree not only for its artistic merit but also for the breathtaking panoramic views it offers of the surrounding countryside, including the Pennine hills and the town of Burnley below.

It serves as a testament to the creative spirit and cultural heritage of Lancashire, inviting visitors to experience the harmony between art and nature in this tranquil setting.

Walking Route From Worsthorne

Walking from our stunning Stag Cottage in Worsthorne to the Singing Ringing Tree at Cliviger offers a delightful journey through the Lancashire countryside, encompassing picturesque landscapes and scenic vistas. This route takes you along a mix of footpaths, country lanes, and trails, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.

Here’s a detailed guide to the route:

Starting Point: Stag Cottage, Worsthorne

  • Begin your journey:
    From Stag Cottage in Worsthorne, head towards the main road, Burnley Road. You’ll pass by charming stone-built cottages and the village’s historic buildings, soaking in the quaint atmosphere of Worsthorne.

  • Cross Burnley Road:
    Once you reach Burnley Road, carefully cross the road and locate the footpath at the end of Wallstreams Lane, (next to the Bay Horse Inn). This footpath leads you onto a quiet country lane, away from the hustle and bustle of traffic.

  • Follow the footpath:
    Continue along the footpath, following the signs towards Hurstwood. You’ll pass through fields and meadows, with views of rolling hills and distant moorlands. Enjoy the tranquility of the countryside as you walk.

walking route - Bay Horse Inn to Hurstwood
  • Enter Hurstwood:
    After approximately 1.5 miles, you’ll reach the charming hamlet of Hurstwood. Follow the footpath as it winds through the village, passing by quaint cottages and farmhouses.

  • Continue towards the Singing Ringing Tree:
    From Hurstwood, follow the signs towards the Singing Ringing Tree. You’ll join a narrow country lane that leads you towards the base of Crown Point Road.

  • Ascend Crown Point Road:
    As you approach Crown Point Road, prepare for a steady ascent. Follow the road uphill, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding countryside as you climb.

  • Arrival at the Singing Ringing Tree:
    This iconic sculpture, perched on a hillside overlooking Burnley, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Take some time to admire the sculpture and soak in the breathtaking vistas before retracing your steps back to Worsthorne.

The total distance via this route from Hope Street in Worsthorne to the Singing Ringing Tree at Cliviger is approximately 6 miles (but can be shorter if you use footpaths instead of country lanes), making a moderate-level round trip walk that can be completed in around 4 1/2 – 5 1/2 hours, depending on your pace and stops along the way.

Singing Ringing Tree from Crown Point Road

Important Tips

  • Wear appropriate footwear for walking, as some sections of the route may be uneven or muddy, especially after rainfall.
  • Bring along plenty of water and snacks, as there are limited amenities along the route.
  • Check the weather forecast before setting out, and dress accordingly.
  • Respect the local countryside and wildlife, and follow any signs or guidelines to ensure the preservation of the environment.

In Summary:
By following this route from Stag Cottage in Worsthorne to the Singing Ringing Tree at Cliviger, you’ll embark on a memorable journey through the Lancashire countryside, filled with scenic beauty and peaceful surroundings.

So pack your walking boots, grab your camera, and set out to explore this captivating corner of England!