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Countryside access statement

​​​​​​​​​Rochdale Countryside Service manages several hundred hectares of the borough as Local Nature Reserve, woodland and Country Park. Many of these sites have large sections of accessible footpaths and other facilities for you to use.

On all our sites, the footpath surface is designed to be in keeping with the countryside location. This means that they will generally be made of compacted gravel and you should dress accordingly in bad weather.

Hollingworth Lake country park

Car parking

The country park has 9 dedicated accessible car parking spaces (at Lake Bank and the visitor centre), as well as 250 standard car spaces. The accessible bays are FREE.


The main footpath around the lake is fully accessible with no gates or styles to navigate. It is also possible to join the Pennine Bridleway direct from the side of the lake – significantly extending the possibilities for exploring the area.

Mobility s​coo​ters

The visitor centre has 2 mobility scooters that are free to hire. They are available whenever the information point is open to the public. Call the visitor centre for more details and to book.


Hollingworth Lake has 3 accessible toilets – at Lake Bank, the visitor centre and the Pavilion cafe. A RADAR key is needed to use these facilities.

Cafes and​ catering

There are 2 cafes and a food kiosk within the grounds of the Lake. These are at Lake Bank, the visitor centre and the Pavilion cafe. All have level access.

​Alkring​​​ton Woods

Car pa​​​rk

The car park is directly off Manchester Old Road, and all bays are FREE.


From the car park there are good level footpaths with a circular route around large parts of the reserve. A RADAR key will be needed to enter some areas towards Alkrington Hall.


The lodge next to the car park also has dedicated wheelchair accessible fishing pegs. A bailiff will be on hand to collect the fishing fee.

​Healey D​​​ell

The information boards at the main entrances to Healey Dell display details of RADAR key accessible gates, along with suggested circular routes.

Car ​​​​park

The car park for Healey Dell Nature Reserve is at Station road, all bays are FREE.


The main bridleway through Healey Dell is fully accessible. You will need a RADAR key to fully open the kissing gates for larger wheelchairs/scooters. It is possible to take a circular route along the bridleway, and back around Broadley Lodges, taking in some of the history and sights of the area.


Sustrans Ro​​ute 66​​ cuts through the middle of Healey Dell and has been designed for use by non-standard cycles such as tandems and tricycles. 

​For all other sites, please call the countryside information desk on 01706 373421 for details on accessibility, facilities and terrain.​