The two and a quarter mile flat perimeter path around Hollingworth Lake offers a superb walk if you have toddlers and pushchairs in tow. The lake is man-made (dating back to 1800) but appears natural and has beautiful countryside surrounding it. On a clear autumn day I took my parents, a three-year-old and a baby. The three-year-old managed to walk almost the whole distance without stopping. She was kept entertained by muddy puddles, a bridge over a weir, plenty of wildlife and by throwing pebbles in the lake (not at the wildlife!) from the small beach. If that was not enough there is a small children’s playground at the end of the circular route. There are plenty of benches for those who want to sit and take in the scenery or eat a picnic. That said, there’s also a great fish and chip shop at the side of the lake.
There is a vast network of paths and woodland (not suitable for pushchairs), which connect to the perimeter walk. These are great for kids who are good at walking or if you are using a papoose. Pay and display parking is available at the visitor centre on Rakewood Road, where there is a café, toilets with baby changing facilities, and the playground. In the summer, rowing boats are available for hire. The ferry service is temporarily suspended as money is raised to repair Lady Alice.
A couple of pubs overlook Hollingworth Lake, which offer meals and bar snacks, making a Sunday walk followed by a pub lunch a particularly
Visitor Centre: Sat & Sun 10.30am-4.45pm, Mon 11am-3.45pm.
Café: Daily 11am-3.45pm (4.45pm at weekends).
Rowing boats: weather permitting Daily Apr-Oct.
Hollingworth Lake, Rakewood Road,
Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 0AQ
Tel: 01706 373421 rochdale.gov.uk