Doffcocker Lodge

In the early 1990s Doffcocker Lodge became Bolton’s first nature reserve. It is centred on a disused reservoir, created for a mill in the late nineteenth century. It is very popular with local dog walkers.

Video of a walk around Doffcocker Lodge

A well-maintained path runs around the perimeter of the water. Walking a lap takes around 15 minutes. A handful of benches offer places to rest.

View of Doffcocker Lodge from path near the car park
View of Doffcocker Lodge from path near car park

The reserve is noted for its birdlife. Species that can be seen here include common tern, great crested grebe, and common reed bunting.

Doffcocker Lodge is located in the Doffcocker area of Bolton, just north of Heaton and Markland Hill.

Doffcocker Lodge from path to the south with view of Winter Hill
Doffcocker Lodge with view of Winter Hill

The reserve has a small car park. It is situated just off Chorley New Road, close to the Doffcocker Inn public house (postcode BL1 5QD).  Parking is free of charge.

Other attractions nearby include Moss Bank Park, Barrow Bridge, the Smithills Estate, and Smithills Hall.

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Doffcocker Lodge include:

  • Moss Bank Park (0.7 miles) - Features a funfair, miniature railway, two playgrounds, tennis courts, bowling greens, and more.
  • Barrow Bridge Village (0.9 miles) - Picturesque model village in Bolton, built during the Industrial Revolution to house mill workers.
  • Bolton Steam Museum (1.0 miles) - One of the UK's biggest collection of working steam mill engines.

Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Doffcocker Lodge include:


Map showing location of Doffcocker Lodge.

Map showing location of Doffcocker Lodge


Doffcocker Lodge

Chorley Old Road
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom

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