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Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre

Type:Lake / Reservoir

Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Greater Manchester, OL15 0AQ

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In Victorian times Hollingworth Lake was known as the "The Weighvers' Seaport". Now once again visitors can enjoy many outdoor attractions and an excellent Visitor Centre. Spanning 118 acres with the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, the lake is one of the most popular days out in the area.

With boating, a nature reserve, trails, events, guided walks, Visitor Centre, community arts, environmental exhibitions, play and picnic areas it is the perfect day out for all the family. 
The Water Activity Centre on Lake Bank caters for groups and individuals wanting instruction in windsurfing, dinghy sailing and other water-based sports, and now arranges training for groups in mountain biking and climbing. The Lake is also a base for a sailing club and a rowing club.

The wider country park has plenty of walking routes, from easy strolls around the lake shore to sturdier treks in the surrounding hills. The Country Park Visitor Centre, off Rakewood Road, has leaflets and guide books for these walks. Whilst the Country Park is open every day of the year, the Visitor Centre is open Friday-Tuesday, 10am-3.30pm in winter (1 October - 31 March) and Friday-Wednesday, 10am-3.30pm in summer (1 April - 30 September).

The lake is well served by a selection of cafes, pubs, and restaurants, as well as B&Bs and a caravan and camping site for overnight stays. 

To use the free manual wheelchair or one of the 2 mobility scooters, please book by calling 01706 373421.

Car parks at Hollingworth Lake (external link)

Walking routes around 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

2019 opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Tuesday10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday - ThursdayClosed
Friday - Sunday10:00 - 15:00

* 10am - 3pm, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Open every day from 10am to 3.30pm apart from the 17 and 18 December, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Whilst the Country Park is open every day of the year, the Visitor Centre is open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday during the winter.

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