Moses Gate Country Park is a large park to the southeast of Bolton town centre, between Farnworth and Little Lever. It’s a large park covering more than 750 acres and features a decent playground, lakes, a nature reserve, canals, and more. My daughter and I decided to visit on a sunny day in April.
The park is centred on three large lakes. Crompton’s Lodges were formerly reservoirs for Farnworth Paper Mill and are now a haven for wildlife.
Feeding the swans and other wildfowl is a popular activity with visitors. On reaching the largest lake my daughter was offered a carrier bag full of bread by an elderly man. Judging by the amount of uneaten bread on the shoreline, the birds had clearly had enough and weren’t interested. We decided to move onto the playground.
On the way to the playground we passed the Rock Hall Visitor Centre. Signs around the park say it houses exhibitions and is open every day until 4.30 pm. Well it wasn’t even 4 pm when we passed and the doors were firmly shut. I’m guessing it could have closed permanently.
The playground itself is pretty good. Most of the equipment is linked together to form a play trail. Kids move from one piece to another by walking over stumps, ropes, and beams. My 9-year old daughter loved it, but I think most of the stuff here would be too tricky for toddlers.
The River Croal runs through the park, and there’s a pretty impressive weir opposite the playground entrance.
Elsewhere there are plenty of open fields, picnic areas, woodland, and the nature reserve at Nob End. The giant Meccano Bridge at Prestolee Locks on the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal is well worth a visit.
The main entrance to Moses Gate Country Park is on Hall Lane, just off St Peter’s Way (A666). Parking is free.
Moses Gate Train Station is approximately ½ mile from the park’s main entrance.
Moses Gate Country Park