Based on other reviews we visited Hollingworth Lake today and were very impressed - who knew that such a beautiful place was such a short drive from Huddersfield! We took exit 21 from the M62 but it wasn't sign posted from the first roundabout as we were led to believe ( we travelled west on the M62, maybe it's better sign posted when heading east) but after a short detour we found our way. You can either turn right at the first roundabout, following signs for Shaw and you'll pick up the brown sign for Hollingworth Lake or you can turn left at the roundabout following signs for Rochdale, then turn right at the Kingsway junction and, again, you'll pick up the brown signs. Free road side parking is ample and easy to find but there are also multiple pay and display car parks. The walk around the lake is very easy, flat and suitable for bikes and pushchairs and our 5 and 2 year olds managed it with the help of a few pit stops, namely at the lovely playground, the cafe! There are also wooded areas to play in, ducks to feed, shallow areas to paddle in, water sports on the lake and a visitor's centre with a cafe and a loo! The scenary was gorgeous and we couldn't help but stop in the little village for an ice cream, where there was also a little arcade, pub and a few caffs and shops. We thoroughly enjoyed our walk and are thinking about returning with the tent and staying a little longer.
Hollingworth Lake is a reservoir situated about four miles outside Rochdale town centre. If you come off the M62 at junction 21, then you will pick up signs that will take you to the lake.
I have been visit Hollingworth for about 20 years now (since I was child) and I never get bored of the area. The lake is really pretty and it is located in an area surrounded by hills.
Most people that visit the attraction stroll around the lake, it will take you around 40 minutes if you complete the walk at a slow pace - the distance is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) and the terrain is mostly flat.
You certainly wouldn't describe the walk as challenging, which probably explains why it attracts so many people - grandparents with their grandchildren, couples wanting and easy stroll, cyclists, runners and dog walkers.
When you walk around the lake you will be able to spot all sorts of wildlife - the route passes a nature reserve with a bird hide. There's also a watersports centre, tourist information and a visitor's centre that sells ice creams and soft drinks located on the trail.
As you'd expect, the attraction is especially popular in the summer months and you can often spot toddlers and dogs paddling in the shallow banks.
The only disadvantage to this attraction is the lack of parking - you can guarantee that if the sun is shining then hoards of people will flock to Hollingworth, so finding a parking spot can be difficult. It is especially busy at the weekend, however it's probably worth mentioning that we have always found a car parking spot eventually, we've never had to turn around and go home - you just need to be patient (and eagle eyed) to secure a spot on busy days.
There are also two friendly, country pubs located near the lake, so you can stop off for a refreshing beverage after your walk.
If you live around the Manchester area then I strongly recommend that you check this attraction out. The walk is pleasant, the surroundings are beautiful and you won't have to travel miles out of the city to experience it.
Five out of five stars.
I am literally five mintues from Hollingworth Lake - my parent's have lived here for about 25 years and I grew up here.
Hollingworth Lake is in an area called Smithy Bridge / Littleborough.
If you live near by, it's easy to walk here or if you're coming from further away then there is plenty of parking around the Lake on the side streets - don't pay!!!
Smithy Bridge train station is also fairly near, about 10mins walk away, which is on the Leeds-Manchester line.
The motorway at Milnow is also about 5mins drive away, which is handy.
The Lake is in the pennines, so the surroundings are really nice and very beautiful. I don't think I appreciate it enough since I grew up here!
The Lake is a good size for a nice walk around, it takes about an hour depending on how fast you walk or run. Many people also enjoy cycling round.
There are many benches along the way to sit down too :)
At many points you can walk down to the water and mess around there - you'll always see people with their dogs messing in the water.
Half way round is a small cafe with lots of benches, which gets busy in the summer. There used to also be a small play area, but not sure if that is still there.
You'll also find some bird watching huts around the Lake.
Along about 1/4 of the Lake, you have to walk along the road, which can be annoying as the pavement is quite narrow and you cannot go down to the water because of safety.
You can also have a really nice while you're at the Lake, either at the Beach or the Wine Press (locally known as the Fish). The first also allows children and has a great play area!
During the school holidays, usually Easter, they have a fair here too.
I've lived near here for 23 years and still enjoy a walk around the Lake and always will do :)
Situated about 4 miles outside of Rochdale town Centre and about 4 miles from the M62 at Jct 21, this Lake was originally built (Yes its man made and was finished in 1801) to supply water to the canal which is located less than 1 mile away. These days the lake is more a place of leisure than a working item. The lake is used for variety of water sports such as canoeing and sailing, it is reputed that Captain Webb used the lake to get some practice before his cross channel swim. I don't know if this is true but I'm sure the water is the same temperature after having swam in both! A well as the water activities which are best left to the brave the Hollingworth park facility is home to a vast network of path and woodland walks which stretch out away from the lake towards Littleborough and Milnrow, the nearest towns. The lake itself has a path which runs around its parimeter which can also be walked. This is about 3 miles round trip and is nearly all flat so can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels. In summer the lakes 'cruise boat' the Lady Alice is in operation which ferries customers from one side to the other should you feel sufficiently lazy. Last time I enquired was about 3 years ago, but the price was £1.50 for adults. If you approach the lake from Rochdale or Milnrow then you will come to the main car park which is nearly always full!. If you carry on towards the white pub, whose name escapes me! But once you have driven past the pub, turning right you will then come to the visitors centre which always seems to be open at weekends only. There is a car park here. You can park here if you want but its always been bad for car theft here. If you want to park near the lake and some where relatively safe then park in the car park opposite the white pub, the car park is down off the road in a dip. Its sign posted and you should be able to get a parking space pretty easily. If your walking around the lake
there is a visitors centre around the back of the lake but this doubles as a café. Behind this is a kids playground. Walking around the park is a joy and if you go anti-clockwise round the lake you will come to the wildlife area of the lake about 2/3 of the way round where you can see a variety of animals but mainly birds. I am told by those in the know about birds that the lake is an excellent place for bird spotting at certain times of the year. As well as birds and depending on what time of day you visit you might see rabbits and even foxes. If you want shopping then there is nothing here except a Amusement arcade, a cafe, a ice cream shop and 2 pubs. If you're doing nothing mid week then the lake is ideal for a nice bit of piece and quiet a place for quite contemplation however at weekends don't get upset if you're not sat on a park bench on your own.
Hollingworth Lake Country Park is really worth a visit. Sundays can be quite busy so if you have chance to visit during the week then do so. The main car park adjacent to the sailing club can get very busy so use the car park next to the tourist information centre. Just turn left after the Fishermans Rest Public House to find this. Most people walk around the main reservoir, which is fine if you fancy a nice stroll but for the more energetic and adventurous there are plenty of walks off the beaten track. Call in at the tourist information centre for details. There are two public houses at the park, first and best in my opinion is the Fishermans Rest, the second is The Beaches, which is a much larger pub and has all the atmosphere of a train station. A bit too much plastic and artificial oldie world charm. So when you are looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon give Hollingwoth Lake a try.
Hollingworth Lake is a lake within the district of Littleborough, in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. It is the only lake in this borough, and as its name suggests, is located in Hollingworth.