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Hollingworth Lake

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Hollingworth Lake updates

The footpath around Hollingworth Lake is open. The visitor centre and toilets of Rakewood Road remain closed. The cafe and toilets at Lake Bank and the Pavilion are open and we've increased the level of cleaning.

Please respect the social distancing guidelines. There will be signage in place to indicate a one way system around the lake for pedestrians to follow.

The lake attracts a large number of visitors and we're asking you to consider the safety of yourself and others.

If the area looks busy, please consider visiting at an alternative time or perhaps visit somewhere else that is local to your home.


Address: Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 0AQ.
Opening times: the lake is always open. However, facilities at the lake, such as cafés or the visitor centre, have their own individual opening times.

Hollingworth Lake.

About Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake is a man-made lake which spans 118 acres. It was originally built as the main water source for the Rochdale Canal during the 19th century.

The lake soon became an attraction for those living nearby and in Victorian times it was known as "The Weighvers' Seaport".

Visitor centre at Hollingworth Lake

We run a visitor centre at Hollingworth Lake which boasts a number of facilities to help improve your visit to the lake.

Events at Hollingworth Lake

There are a number of events for you and the family to enjoy throughout the year at Hollingworth Lake.

Activity centre at Hollingworth Lake

You can have a go at a variety of activities at Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre, including:

  • Watersports: sailing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating, windsurfing, rowing and more.
  • Outdoor activities: rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and more.
  • Lessons: courses, 1:1 tuition, group classes, qualifications and more.

Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre is managed by our partners Link4Life. Please contact Link4Life directly if you require further information on any activity.

View Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre website for more details

Fishing at Hollingworth Lake

You need a permit to fish at Hollingworth Lake. These are available from Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre.

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. A small hide at the south west corner overlooks a natural area where boats and watersports are excluded to help you fish.

Walking routes at Hollingworth Lake Country Park

As well as walking around the lake itself, the wider country park has plenty of walking routes. These range from easy strolls to sturdier treks in the surrounding hills. The visitor centre has leaflets and guide books for these walks.

Getting to Hollingworth Lake

There are a number of car parks at Hollingworth Lake as well some public transport options.

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