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Welcome to the Friends of Hollingworth Lake website

What is Hollingworth Lake?


Hollingworth Lake was built over 200 years ago to supply water to the Rochdale Canal. Today it is the centre of a popular Country Park with visitor facilities, nature areas and a variety if water sports including rowing, sailing and canoeing.
Trails, many starting at the Visitor Centre, make it an ideal gateway to the surrounding countryside. The path around the lake is level and provides a scenic and accessible walk beside the water, taking in the conservation areas and providing stunning views of the moors close by.
A lively events programme provides education and entertainment for people of all ages and interests. The attractive Visitor Centre is the base for the Countryside Service, which manages the park, and contains fascinating displays, exhibitions and a café.

Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre: Rakewood Road, Littleborough, OL15 0AQ


About the Friends of Hollingworth Lake

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Who are the Friends?
Friends of Hollingworth Lake is a group of residents, users, visitors and local businesses with the aim of developing and improving new and existing facilities, the local environment and the safety of the Hollingworth Lake Country Park (HLCP) area for the benefit of all.



Aims and Objectives

Friends are a not for profit group, formed in June 2007 with support and encouragement from Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. Our aims are:

In 2010 the Group became a Company Limited by Guarantee and Charity, the objects as stated within the Memorandum and Articles of Association are as follows;

To further or benefit the residents, users and visitors of Hollingworth Lake country park and the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents, users and visitors and the local authority, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education regarding the nature within and history of Hollingworth lake country park and to work to improve the Hollingworth Lake country park facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation leisure time with the objective of improving the Hollingworth Lake country park for the residents, users and visitors.

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What do we do?

The group meets regularly to discuss issues concerning Hollingworth Lake Country Park and to organise:


During 2010 the Friends of Hollingworth Lake were successful in obtaining a grant from the Community Spaces fund which enabled the group to complete the Enviro-gym off Rakewood Road. Here are some photographs from the launch event which was held on the 7th of August 2010.






What’s in it for me?


Future Meetings

The Friends of Hollingworth Lake’s meeting dates for 2018 are as follows:

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All meetings are held at the Hollingworth Lake Visitors Centre, Rakewood Road, commencing at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.


Association of Friends of Hollingworth Lake, Company limited by Guarantee, Company Registration number –

07246941, Registered office, 42 Eafield Avenue, Milnrow, Rochdale, lotteryEngland, OL16 3UN

Charity registration number – 1136889


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