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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hollingworth Lake - a short amble.

 Thursday 29th April 2021.

A bright but very cold breezy day had us ambling around Hollingworth Lake. We were so early that our car was the first on the visitor centre carpark. Parking fees were reasonable, £2 for 4 hours. 

Its been a while since we have been on the lake circuit and luckily it was very quiet. Kids back in school would have cut numbers of visitors drastically.

Depending which direction you looked the clouds were completely different, one way black and full of rain which is predicted for later and looking north, nice bright fluffy clouds.

There is a hide on the lakeside which we went into and observed many species of birds including, Heron, Swan, Canada Geese, Common Sandpiper, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and more.

The adjacent backpackers campsite is still closed and will not open until mid summer at the earliest.

Here are a few images i took on the 5km route we took.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Hopwood Nature Reserve.

 We started this walk from the car park at Slattocks, Grid Ref SD 88459 08648.

The route is local to us and we did 8km on a cold but very sunny day. The pictures depict how nice the walk was with little explanation needed.

The route which we took in an anti clockwise direction. Starting from the chequered symbol.

The most photographed ducks on the Rochdale Canal at the Ship Inn Pub.

The Lodge at Hopwood Cottage. (Now Manchester Golf Course)
Wood Anemone

Gorse Bush
Castleton Church Spire, chimney of Arrow Mill and Scout Moor Wind Farm behind.
Gorse in Lords Wood.
Knowl Hill in the distance.

A pair of lone tree shots.

Tree Rats sunbathing.
Long Zoom shot of Winter Hill. 22km as the crow flies.
Long zoom shot of Peel Tower at Holcombe. 12km as the crow flies.
We got close to Bambi.
Bambi's mates.
Blackthorn looking well. (See comments from Bowlandclimber)
As we didn't take any coffee with us it was back home for lunch.

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