Townley Park, Museum and Art Gallery.
Burnley’s largest park is set in 180 acres landscaped parkland which surrounds the impressive Townley Hall and Museum. Offering exhibitions, woodland walks, sculpture trails, organic community garden, play areas, sport pitches, two golf courses, ornamental gardens, café and gift shop a trip to Townley Park is a great day out for all the family.
The singing ringing tree
Burnley’s Panopticon, ‘Singing Ringing Tree’, is a unique musical sculpture which overlooks Burnley from its position high above the town on Crown Point.
Constructed from pipes of galvanised steel stacked in layers, this Panopticon takes the form of a tree bending to the winds and harnesses the energy of those winds to produce a low, tuneful song.
It’s close to the Dunnockshaw Millennium Wood, part of the Forest of Burnley reforestation programme, and links to the Pennine Bridleway and local walking routes.
Gawthorpe Hall and gardens (National Trust)
Steeped in history a visit to Gawthorpe Hall and gardens will transport you to era from our illustrious industrial past. Built between 1600 and 1605 Gawthorpe Hall was the family seat of the Shuttleworth family for over 300 years. In 1850 the house was redesigned by Sir Charles who also redesigned Highclere Castle (filming location for Downton Abbey).
Inside the house you will find period rooms on display from the remodelling as well as original plasterwork ceilings, panelling and the impressive Long Gallery. Also on display are over 200 pieces from the nationally important Gawthorpe Textile collection. Don’t forget to visit Tea Room some snacks and refreshments.
Outside take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens with views of the river and a ramble through the woodland to enjoy the wildlife.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
For those who want to combine a good walk while appreciating a piece of local history, the Burnley section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal is a perfect destination. Known as ‘The Straight Mile’ and regarded as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the British Canal system’ the impressive engineering feat the embankment carries the canal 60ft above Burnley.
Thompson Park is Burnley’s most ornamental park where visitors can spend the afternoon appreciating a large number of well kept flowers beds and a large rose garden. As a formal Edwardian urban park it retains its original features like a boating lake, Italian gardens Ranger centre and a playground
A walk up Pendle Hill offers the perfect opportunity to experience some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery. The walk starts from the picturesque village of Barley and is approximately 8 km to the top and is a great route for walkers of all abilities.
Not only are the views does Pendle offer a fantastic walk but the Witches of Pendle offers a fascinating historical story.
Pack up a picnic and head out to Hurstwood Reservoir for a great walk combined with wonderful views. Starting from the public car park in the village of Hurstwood this circular walk is a great trail for people of all abilities and is sure to blow the cob webs away while appreciating the best of the Lancashire Countryside!
Pendle Sculpture Trail
A trail steeped in local history and a tribute to the people of Pendle who lost their lives in the biggest witchcraft trail over 400 years ago. The Pendle Sculpture Trail is a collection of ten unique ceramics each representing a person who was found guilty and hanged. The plaques are also presented in a treasure trail style quiz to be hunted down and found! There is also stunning artwork from Philppe Handford, including the tumbling tree arches.
Another fantastic opportunity to experience some of the best countryside in the UK! This large expanse of moorland in the south pennies provides an exhilarating, energetic ramble with breathtaking views