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Countryside visitor centres

​​​​​Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre

Hollingworth Lake Country Park provides the perfect gateway to the outstandingly beautiful open moorlands of the South Pennine area.

Lying at the foot of Blackstone Edge, there are a wide variety of footpaths and trails exploring the surrounding countryside. A regular programme of guided walks, cycle trips and outdoor activities are organised by our Countryside Service with something for all abilities.

The one-and-a-half mile walk around the lake is an easy and relaxing stroll. Call into the bird hide to view the wide variety of bird life in the nature reserve and there are picnic and play areas along the route.

The lake is stocked with coarse fish, including bream, carp, tench, roach and perch. There is no close season but there are restrictions on where you can fish and permits are sold from the Visitor Centre.

Mobility Scooters are available from the visitor centre and the path round the lake is accessible for wheelchair users, please phone 01706 373 421 for more details.

Healey Dell Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

Healey Dell is a beauty spot and wildlife sanctuary rich in industrial archaeology, 2 miles from Rochdale town centre on the way to Whitworth and Bacup.

The River Spodden has carved its way through the woodlands down the thousands of years, creating delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls which once powered ancient corn, wool and cotton mills.

A disused 1800s railway line is now a nature trail with magnificent views from a 100-foot high viaduct.

The Visitor Centre has a permanent exhibition on the industrial heritage of the Reserve.