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.
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
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
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