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Walking and cycling

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  1. Alkrington Woods Nature Reserve
    Once part of the Alkrington Hall estate, this area of mature woodland provides an ideal habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna.
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  2. Ashworth and Roch Valleys
    Spectacular views are available in the wooded river valleys and hillside areas around the Ashworth Valley.
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  3. A map of the Bib Knowl Walk
    Looking towards Rochdale, the area known as Lake Bank can be seen. It has developed into the popular entertainment centre for Hollingworth Lake. and an important centre for water sports.
  4. Although known locally as Bluebell Wood, its proper name is Old House Ground Plantation. This mixed woodland provides a valuable habitat here on the high moors, although you can see how severe weather stunts the trees and sometimes blows them over.
  5. Healey Dell.
    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.
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  6. A map of the Hollingworth Lake Circular Trail
    Hollingworth Lake is in fact, a reservoir.
  7. Hopwood Woods is a haven for birds and other wildlife whilst the informal pathways allow visitors to wander through the woods enjoying the peace and tranquility.
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  8. Map of the Kitcliffe Walk
    Built between 1872 and 1878 to collect water from the Wickenhall Brook, Ogden Reservoir holds 185 million gallons. Ogden and Foulwater Lodge together release up to 1 million gallons of water per day into Piethorne Brook.
  9. A Map of the Ogden Edge Walk
    A traditional Pennine hill village now part of a conservation area, Lower Ogden contains houses built from local gritstone dating back to 1710. Many of the buildings are listed properties and most are converted to modern residential or commercial uses.
  10. A map of the Schofield Hall Walk
    From Rakewood Road a good view is available down the lake’s embankment and out into Ealees Valley.
  11. Parks and garden walks in Rochdale Town Centre
    This 40 minute walk takes you to the finest parks and gardens of Rochdale town centre, and will make you discover their history and the best views. An alternative route can also be followed for a shorter walk.
  12. A map of the Whittaker Hollingworth Lake walk
    The steep sloping embankment on the left of Rakewood Road is one of the 3 dams constructed in 1798 to form Hollingworth Lake.
  13. Courses available that will enhance your skills and knowledge and give you the experience to regularly participate in your chosen sport.
  14. The Pennine Bridleway is the country's first National Trail for horse riders, mountain bikers, and walkers, and it passes through the rugged Pennine hills near Littleborough.
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  15. Choose from a selection of cycle and mountain bike routes in the south Pennines.