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Rochdale’s countryside is its best kept secret. Get away from it all and experience breathtaking views, glorious meadows, lush woodland and picturesque canals. You’ll find a whole host of activities for all ages throughout the year in this area of spectacular beauty.

Walkers, horse riders, water enthusiasts, cyclists, families and young children or those who just want to take it easy will find something of interest in and around Rochdale.

Visit one of Rochdale’s Visitor Centres to take part in a range of activities for all age groups. A regular programme of guided walks, cycle trips and outdoor activities are organised by our Countryside Service with something for all abilities...

If you want to try some water activities visit Hollingworth Lake, there are a range of activities and lake events for all abilities including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. You can also relax with a spot of  bird watching or fishing, the lake is stocked with coarse fish, including bream, carp, tench, roach and perch.

Isn't it time you explored Rochdale's great outdoors?

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Pennine Bridleway

Pennine Bridleway sign

The Pennine Bridleway is the country's first National Trail for horse riders, mountain bikers, and walkers, and it passes through the rugged Pennine...