Hollingworth Lake

Greater Manchester  >  United Kingdom

Mixed habitat surrounding main lake. You can walk around the lake and lot's of nice birds to see.

Added* by Peter Joy
Most recent update 12 February 2020


Nice lake for birding. Mixed habitat surrounding the main lake. There is one birdhide, a visitor centre with cafe and toilets.

Nice birds that were seen last year in the Hollingworth Lake area: Avocet, Little Egret, Red Kite, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Whinchat, Common Redstart, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Pochard, Common Scoter, Sanderling, Common Goldeneye, Black Tern, Whimbrel, Ring Ouzel, Grey Plover, Whooper Swan and Barnacle Goose.

Rare birds seen at Hollingworth Lake over the years include Pied-billed Grebe from North America, Collared Pratincole and Black-winged Stilt from Southern Europe, Glaucous Gull from the High Arctic, and Greater White-fronted Goose and Ruddy Shelduck.



Pay and display car parks around lake, start at vistor centre and follow road/track anti clockwise around lake, taking in hide for views of the small lagoon.

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.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Agriculture , Reedbeds , Scattered trees and bushes , Lake



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Spring , Autumn , Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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