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Walk title:
Hollingworth Lake and Rochdale Canal

Walk leader: Patrick P.

Walk details: This is an easy, mainly flat 5.5 mile walk. It starts at the new Rochdale Animal Centre/Visitors Centre (OL15 0QA), and takes in part of the Rochdale Canal as well as a section of the Lake itself. There will be a short lunch stop at a suitable halfway point, near historic Clegg Hall.

Risk Assessment: Date of risk assessment 06/03/2022

Covid-19: follow current rules.

Weather:  it should be reasonable, but be prepared for all weathers.

Roads: there are 2 busy main roads to cross. I will advise of safe crossing points. We will also be walking up a small lane, that traffic occasionally uses.

Terrain: mainly good, wide paths. We will be walking along a section of the Rochdale Canal, but the towpath is wide and very safe. However, you need to be aware of cyclists and other walkers/ joggers on the towpath.

There are a couple of vertical stiles to negotiate near the end of the walk, as well as a short steady climb towards the Lake. 

It may be muddy in places if it has rained, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear

Livestock: There is no livestock on the route

Start time and meeting point: Meet at 12.30 near the new Animal/Visitor Centre (OL15 0AQ). This MAY be open by April 3rd.

What / three / words: https://w3w.co/bill.barks.jump

Directions to the start: By road: take the M62 to J21 for Milnrow, and follow the signs for Hollingworth Lake. Turn right by the Wine Press Bistro and then first left to the Visitor Centre/car parking area (£2 for 4 hours).

Public transport: There are regular trains to and from Littleborough Station from Victoria e.g. 12.02-12.29. Cost £7.10 return, or use your free pass. If coming by train, please let me know and wait outside the station (canal side). We should pass that point at about 12.50, when you can join the walk.

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Booking: Book your walk here using the link to the ‘Jotform’ booking form which we are trialling.