Ride to Singing Ringing Tree

At the weekend the Saddleworth Clarion A ride was to the Burnley Panopticon, the Singing Ringing Tree.  One of those frequent beautiful sunny but cold November days was revealed upon opening the curtains and led to a good turnout of riders at the usual club meeting place, Java Bar in Uppermill.   However the cold frosty early morning weather required some caution on the high roads over to Rochdale to meet one of our club riders.

Once the weather warmed up it really was a glorious clear sunny day, ideal for riding and we encountered many other riders out for a Sunday spin.

Unfortunately a few of the keener riders who had sped off up the climb out of Bacup overshot the  car park and the off road path leading to the sculpture itself and in their enthusiasm continued down the hill to the café.  Their loss!  The views on Sunday from the Singing Ringing Tree up at Crown Point overlooking Burnley were fantastic; you could even see the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales in the distance.  Unusually it was quite a still day, even on the higher ground, with little wind so the Tree was not singing as much as anticipated, although a little sound could be heard.

After a visit & photoshoot at the Singing Ringing Tree we regrouped for some welcome refreshments at the stable café at Towneley Park, and a chat with some cyclists from Ravensthorpe Cycling Club.

The cycling of course didn’t stop there and we had a steady climb up to the Long Causeway where we enjoyed further excellent views and a ride back via Hebden Bridge and Hollingworth Lake.

All in all an excellent November ride out to an interesting destination, good weather, enjoyable sociable café stop and of course the company and fellowship of club mates from Saddleworth Clarion.

A further visit to the Singing Ringing Tree is planned, perhaps on a day when the wind is blowing a little stronger which shouldn’t be difficult to find.