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Thursday, 23 August 2007

Hollingworth Lake...

We took Kai up to Hollingworth Lake on Tuesday to feed the ducks. It's a beautiful place and only a 25 minute drive from where we live. The lake covers an area of 130 acres and the path around it originally measured two-and-a-half miles, beneath the cold waters was the old hamlet of Hollingworth.

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.

Oh and do me a favour please and pop over to say HAPPY BLOGVERSARY to Ruth (Me, My Life, My Garden), it's been a very rocky 12 months for her but she's kept her blog going, and she's such a lovely lady. Thanks.






33 comments:

RUTH said...

Funny really my garden looks a bit like that lake at the moment. Yes it's STILL raining here :o( Glad you had some sun though so I could enjoy these great photos. I'd really enjoy a walk round the lake. Love the look on Kai's face with his lolly and icecream...:o)
My blog birthday today...a little something there for my blogpals :o)
Rx

Cream said...

Akela, now I know where Bella got my Thoughtful Blogger Award from. Thank you, in a roundabout way...
From His Highness Cream the Recumbent of Throcking in the Hole!
Blame my title on the link to Peculiar Aristocratic Title...Hahahaha...

la bellina mammina said...

Cream
LOL! That's too funny!

Akela
The pics are beautiful. Thanks for sharing again.

Pauline said...

Kai looks as if he's giving some serious thought to what he's going to eat next! Love the slide show, looks like a lovely place.

buffalodickdy said...

Joke time! Guy has pet duck, wants to go see a movie. Smuggles duck into theater in his pants. Next to him, a couple of older ladies watching movie and eating popcorn. The guy, had to open the zipper on his trousers to let the duck poke his head out tobreathe. The woman next to him whispers to the lady she's with "This man has his zipper open, and is exposing himself!" The other woman says "You've never seen that before?'" Other gal says "Yes but this one is eating my popcorn!"

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Oh what gorgeous pictures and I just love the slide shows. The one of you is wonderful!

How do you DO that? And the music too? See...creative!

Hootin'Anni said...

Love the slideshow...it looks like a terrific place to spend the day!!

Akelamalu said...

HAPPY BLOGVERSARY RUTH. The weather here is HOT, HOT, HOT we're so lucky at the moment. Glad you enjoyed the piccies.


His Highness Cream the Recumbent of Throcking in the Hole that's a mouthful - you're welcome BTW. :)

Bella Cream has had to get a title now to go with the award! Glad you enjoyed the pictures. :)

It is a lovely place Pauline and Kai was a tad greedy on Tuesday he scoffed those then had another ice cream!

Oh you naughty man buffalodickdy! LOL


Correspondent the slide shows are easy - click on make your own underneath my slide show and follow the instructions. The music is easy too Go to http://www.bestvideocodes.com/search.php
search for your favourite videos, add them to your playlist, when you've got all you want get the code and insert it into a new page element on your blog - voila!

hootin' anni it is, glad you enjoyed the show.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Stunning pictures akela.
And little Kai looks gorgeous.
Seems like he was thinking shall I give the lolly or the bread to the ducks.
Very cute.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Jo, there's no way the ducks were getting any of Kai's lolly or ice-cream we'd taken bread for them! Thanks for stopping by I hope you'll call again.

Jenny! said...

When I was a kid we use ot go to this mill that had a little river and feed the ducks! Thanks for bringing back a childhood memory for me!

Akelamalu said...

Oh yes it's such fun feeding the ducks Jenny, I take the grandkids so I can do it myself!

Dumdad said...

Lovely pix.

It's certainly duck weather over here in Paris - it hasn't stopped raining chats et chiens all day.

Akelamalu said...

What a shame, we've had brilliant sunshine all day here dumdad. Glad you enjoyed the pix. :)

julia said...

Great slideshow - I liked the one of Kai and his ice lolly.

Odat said...

Beautiful pics...thanks for sharing...
Peace

Gledwood said...

wow that is a lovely post... have you done the 8 random things tag??

bc I tagged you with it... just go to mine if you're wondering what on earth i'm going on about ... (!!)

Leanne said...

it sounds as if you had a lovely trip out, and the photo's were great, loved the one of your grandson with an icecream in one hand an an ice lolly in the other lol! x

GEWELS said...

Grandma!! An icepop AND an icecream cone? tsk...tsk...tsk!!

Don't worry- 'll be a grandmother in January and I'll spoil him/her rotten. I've already gotten him/her fur-lined moccasins from Alaska. HA!

Catch said...

what a beautiful view, I would be quite content to sit and bask in the beauty of it!!! You little one is darling! Arent they the most fun!!!

HAR said...

Nice pictures!

david mcmahon said...

Sounds like my sort of lake!

Linda said...

Looks like a lovely place as do so many places in England. Thank you for at least allowing me a small glimpse of your beautiful country!

Took your advice and popped over to wish Ruth a happy birthday to her blog!

Bankerchick said...

Looks like there were lots of ducks to feed.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Julia. Kai enjoyed his lolly and ice-cream but he doesn't like his hands sticky - you can imagine!!!

Thanks Odat glad you enjoyed them.

I have done the 8 random things Gledwood, not sure I could think of another 8, but thanks for thinking of me.

Yes it was a lovely couple of hours Leanne. :)

I know Gewels we do spoil all the grandkids. Congratulations to you expecting a grandbaby - you must be so excited!!

It is beautiful at the Lake Catch and I agree with you they are THE MOST FUN!

Thanks Har. :)

What,David you mean wet? Or do you like watersports?

I hope you get here someday Linda - we can meet up hopefully. Thanks for dropping by to see Ruth. x

Overrun with ducks Bankerchick!!!

Miss Understood said...

It looks beautiful there. You can't beat a day by the water, can you?

Ahh, the simple things in life!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

it looks lovely honey!

smiles, bee

RUTH said...

Thanks Akelamula {{HUGS}}
Rx

Akelamalu said...

A day by the water is a cure-all in my book Miss U :)

It is quite a beautiful place Miss Bee.

You're welcome Ruth x

Ali said...

Ive some catching up to do..lol... That looks like a lovely place to visit. Funnily enough, I've been by the water today too, took my camera out for a spin.

Akelamalu said...

Hope to see your photographs then Ali :)

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