Distance: 7 miles 11k
Grade: Moderate with two steep climbs
and walk along a track with the northern end of Clowbridge Reservoir to your right. After passing a utility building
continue for 50yds and then after a metal gate bear left onto a broad well made track leading uphill - the first climb of the walk. This takes you to Compton's Cross
and ancient type of waymarker which is just beyond a wooden gate. For the next part of the walk you follow the Pennine Bridleway a long distance path that was the creation of Mary Towneley. (See below) With a wall to the left keep on the track now less broad and less well-made - for 350yds and then turn left
onto a track that skirts along the edge of a plantation.
Follow the track for 800yds and then turn right as it takes you down to the B6238 East Burnley Road.
Before the corner turn right as the path now parallels the Bacup Road for 350yds before turning to cross it at a wooden gate.
Still on the Pennine Bridleway turn left now paralleling the A671 on this side to reach the top of Easden Clough.
Here turn right onto a broad track
that descends gently on a wide loop below Cow Side farmhouse. Keep on this to a point where the track turns left in front of a wooden gate. Go through the gate (close to a memorial to Mary Towneley)
turn left and on a steeper path head downhill with a fence to the left. As you near a farm
join a farm track to reach a junction with the Burnley Way. Turn left go through a gate
and follow the farm road for 700yds. Now begins a steep climb that will take you to the Singing Ringing Tree. Close to Dyneley Farm and in front of the farmhouse
turn left over a stile embedded in the wall.
Bear right , cross a plank bridge (with care)
and then bear left following a stream through a steep sided clough to reach a stile in a wall leading onto the A671.
(Readers are advised it may be better to go through a wooden gate about 50yds to the right for a better view on the busy road). From the stile turn right and then left at Heyne Farm - gate users go straight across
and follow the track past Dixon Hill plantation. After a property
go through a gate to enter open access land on a not altogether clear path that keeps well to the right of a ruin farm building aiming for a tall waymark pole. After a wall
the Singing Ringing Tree comes into view.
Aim to its left for a stile that gives access to its enclosure.
that leads up to the picnic area
below a car park. Here turn right through a gate on a path
leading through a plantation of young trees. The path bends to the left and then parallels the Crown Point Road (apologies for all this paralleling!)
for 600yds before turning left to cross it. On the far side continue on a foot path leading up hill
and then descends to a junction of tracks. Here turn right
descending to Limey Water.
On the far side climbing up through woodland
and keep ahead to descend to the utility building passed on the outward leg close to Clowbridge Reservoir.
Turn right for the car park.