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NWTN Summer Walk

27 July, 2019 @ 1:00 pm 5:00 pm

Join us for the NWTN summer walk and enjoy stunning views on the Pennine hills around Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale.

We’ll start at 13.00 from the Visitor Centre at Hollingworth Lake Country Park, Rakewood Road, Littleborough, Greater Manchester, OL15 0AQ. It’s well signposted. As you approach it down the access road, follow the one-way system round to the right and look out for a green ticket machine on your right-hand side (in a pull-in area). £3 charge for stays of 4 to 6 hours. Distance approx. 6 miles (with option to drop out after 4 miles), taking in an ascent of an ancient Pennine Bridleway, some fine views and a circuit of the lake.

Please allow plenty of time for finding somewhere to park, getting boots on, etc. There are toilets and a cafe at the Visitor Centre, so why not aim to get there for 12.30 and relax? Large car park but it gets very busy here on summer weekends. Additional parking available nearby off Hollingworth Road (B6225 – see Google maps) (same prices). Bring refreshments and a mat to sit on as we plan to stop for a rest half-way round.    

I aim to be there by about 12.15 and will be taking the 11.36 train from Manchester Victoria to Littleborough if anyone would like to join me. The 12.04 will also get you there on time. It’s about 15-20 mins walk up the hill from Littleborough station to Hollingworth Lake Country Park.  

The walk is mostly flat but there is a long (steady not steep) uphill stretch near the start. We should finish by about 5pm but it’s always hard to predict how long a walk will take (depends on the weather, number and fitness of participants, etc.). Anyone in a hurry can drop out of the second part of the walk (a circuit of the lake).  

This is a free “turn up and go” event (no charge other than parking) but please email Mike Hanson ( to say you are coming, so that we can look out for you, or if you have any particular concerns or queries. And tell NWTN friends/colleagues you are coming via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Some of us may go for a drink and food in a pub afterwards.


Everyone is welcome but participants must consider themselves to be on a private excursion – neither the organisers nor the NWTN can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved.

Wear sturdy shoes (expect rough, stony tracks, may also be muddy in places), and bring sun cream, a hat and plenty of water if it’s hot. Partners and children welcome, as are dogs on leads. Be prepared to encounter cattle, sheep and horses in places, and to climb over some stiles.