Hollingworth Lake

Set against the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, Hollingworth Lake is part of a 118-acre Country Park at the foot of the Pennines. A popular location for tourists and locals alike, there are a number of easy walking routes for a leisurely stroll, as well as more challenging routes incorporating the surrounding areas. Along the front of the Lake there are a number of pubs and fish and chip shops to enjoy, or why not take a picnic and blanket and watch the world go by from a quiet space around the lake.

Blackstone Edge

From Hollingworth Lake, why not take on the challenging a picturesque walk up to Blackstone Edge. Beginning from the bustling lake, the walk will likely become quieter as you venture further into the countryside. Treat yourself to a bite to eat and a drink at the White House halfway round and enjoy the fabulous views, before making your way back to the lake.

Healey Dell

Healey Dell is a beauty spot and wildlife sanctuary rich in industrial archaeology, towards Whitworth and Bacup in Rochdale. The River Spodden has carved its way through the woodlands over thousands of years, which has created delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls, which were once responsible for powering ancient corn, wool and cotton mills. After a walk why not treat yourself to a drink in the Victorian themed tea rooms, serving English cream teas served in vintage bone-china.

Cotton Famine Road

Rooley Moor Road, better known locally as Cotton Famine Road, is Road steeped in history in and uniquely links the region to the American Civil War where Rochdale cotton workers sided with the Union cause at a time when the Co-Operative movement was introducing social thinking in the UK. Take the old cobbled street and enjoy fantastic views across the region

Queen’s Park Heywood

Queen’s Park in Heywood is a Green Flag awarded site of historical importance, with gardens and a lake for visitors to enjoy. Local wildlife includes herons, sand martins, kingfishers, goosanders, and tufted ducks. There is a café to enjoy, as well as a visitor centre offering historical information of the park.