Hollingworth Lake & Visitor Centre

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Greater Manchester, OL15 0AQ

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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.

Parks and gardens - information and advice

Please check our Coronavirus page for updates.

Rochdale Borough Council run a visitor centre at Hollingworth Lake which boasts a number of facilities to help improve your visit. 

Facilities at the visitor centre include an information desk, a small shop, a café, toilets, hearing loop, FREE mobility scooter hire and a permanent exhibition of local wildlife, heritage and art. Please contact us in advance to book a mobility scooter. 

More about Hollingworth Lake:

Car parks at Hollingworth Lake (external link)

Walking routes around Hollingworth Lake (external link)

- Activity centre at Hollingworth Lake (external link)



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Wheelchair hire
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Event

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M62 J21: Take first left onto A640. At traffic lights turn right, then at mini roundabout turn left up Kiln Lane. Up the hill, turn left just before the Gallows pub onto B6225. Go to the end of the road, turn right and Hollingworth Lake is at the top of the hill, on the right hand side. For the Country Park Visitor Centre, continue along the lake frontage and turn right at The Wine Press into Rakewood Road. The Visitor Centre is signposted on the left.

Public Transport Directions

From Smithy Bridge or Littleborough rail stations: Follow the main road uphill for 10 minutes to the Lake. Buses 452, 455, & 456 from Rochdale bus station, 452 & 455 from Littleborough.

Opening times

Visitor centre opening times (summer) (1 Apr 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)
Monday - Wednesday10:00 - 15:30
Friday - Sunday10:00 - 15:30
Bank HolidayClosed
Visitor centre opening times (winter) (1 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2022)
Monday - Tuesday10:00 - 15:30
Wednesday - ThursdayClosed
Friday - Sunday10:00 - 15:30

* Hollingworth Lake itself is always open but the visitor centre is only open during the hours listed above.

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