How to get there: Take Junction 21 from the M62, head through Milnrow and then up Wildhouse Lane toward Smithy Bridge. Follow the road along the lake, keeping it to your right, and head up toward the Visitor Centre for parking.
Grid Reference: SD 940152
Nearest Postcode: OL15 0AQ
Parking: Visitor Centre car park.
Facilities: Visitor Centre, Toilets, Café.
Map with thanks to Ordnance Survey.
1 When you leave the car park at the Visitor Centre, turn right and walk along the road, keeping the Lake to your left at all times. You will pass an Inn on your right.
2 Continue on through Lake Bank road. There are a number of shops along this part. Approach the Beach Hotel on your left, and to the right you will see a track leading to the lake, on your left.
3 Continue on the route along the south of the Lake, the path continues onward. There is a café located on the route.
4 Head onward until you cross over a small bridge with a play area on your right. Turn left onto Rakewood Road. Follow the road, keeping the Lake to your left.
5 You will reach the Country Park Visitor centre on your right, and the car park where you started the walk.