The lake is still used for recreational purposes, and is classed as a national trust due to a nearby wildlife sanctuary. The lake was man-made in 1801 to supply water to the Rochdale Canal.
The lake boasts many watersports such as sailing, canoeing, swimming, rafting, rowing and fishing. Visitors can also take trips across the lake on the launch 'The Lady Alice'. The scenic walk around the lake is two and a half miles long and passes by a nature reserve with a bird hide. The lake is teeming with wildlife and is often used as a means of adventure activities for children, whereby they can catch various pond life. During the day Hollingwoth lake is a walkers paradise offering walks in all directions. A popular walk for families is around the lake itself, this is around two-and-a-half miles. If walking isn't your thing then you can just sit back and take in the breath taking views across the lake whilst enjoying a refreshing soft drink. Yes I said soft drink, though you can get alcohol there of course!
The Lake is a popular destination during the summer, especially at weekends as there are a couple of restaurant/pubs and cafes to provide sustenance. Lots of people take their own picnics and sit on the picnic benches or the beach, when the water level is low, however the lake is full at the moment due to all the rain and there isn't much beach. The weather alternated between boiling hot and a chilly wind but we fed the ducks and geese and had some ice-cream, (Kai had a lolly and half of Grandad's ice-cream), and plenty of fresh air. I took a few photographs because the views are beautiful, I hope you enjoy them.
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