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Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake was built in 1804 to supply water to the Rochdale canal. There's lots to do for you and the family including water activities, walks along footpaths, trails exploring the surrounding countryside, bird watching and fishing.

Hollingworth Lake visitor centre

The visitor centre on Rakewood Road has a small museum, toilets, cafe, refreshment and a gift shop.

A regular programme of guided walks, special events, crafts and outdoor activities are organised throughout the year. Contact the visitor centre for further details. All events meet at Hollingworth Lake visitor centre unless stated otherwise.

You can see a variety of water fowl on the lake. A small hide at the south west corner overlooks a natural area where boats and watersports are excluded. The lake is stocked with coarse fish, including bream, carp, tench, roach and perch. There's no close season but there are restrictions on where you can fish. Fishing permits are available from the visitor centre.

Visitor centre opening hours

The visitor centre is closed Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Cafe and toilets: 9.30am - 4.45pm.
  • Visitor centre: 10.30am - 4pm.

Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Spring events

Date Event Details
9 May 2015, 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Spring round the Dell
Station Road car parks, Broadley.
 Enjoy an informative walk around the reserve with the Ranger Richard Whittle.

For further details contact Hollingworth Lake visitor centre.

Hollingworth Lake activity centre

A regular programme of outdoor activities are organised throughout the year at Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre. There are a range of water activities and lake events for all abilities including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating and windsurfing as well as outdoor activities including rock climbing and mountain biking.

All of the sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and rowing equipment is available for hire to suitably qualified or experienced individuals or groups. For details of the qualifications or experience required please contact the activity centre.

Rowing boats are available for hire on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from April-September and on weekday afternoons throughout the school summer holidays. Please contact the activity centre about rowing boat availability.

Events and activities at the centre as well as at leisure centres are organised and managed by our partners Link4Life. Contact Link4Life directly if you require further information on any event.

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