Platts Lane Lake is one of West Lancashire's hidden secrets.
Fishing for all the family is one of the attractions of here, either by rod and line in the well-stocked main lake, or with a net in the nearby pond. Day tickets and equipment are available from the local angler supplies shop situated on Platts Lane Industrial Estate.
The site is a haven for wildlife. The reeds and flowers around the ponds hide frogs, water beetles, and dragonflies. The woodlands provide a home for lots of small mammals and garden/woodland birds. Owls and Kestrels can regularly be seen hunting over the long meadow grasses in search of prey.
The 'Monet Garden' with its benches, wildlife ponds and shrubberies designed by a local schoolgirl has developed into a lovely picnic area where you can sit and enjoy the wildlife and a relaxing day out with the family.
Platts Lane Lakes is connected to the local countryside via an extensive network of public footpaths and it makes a good base for a variety of local walking routes. For more details contact the Ranger Service.
Download the Platts Lane Lake site map (PDF 236kb) for more information about facilities.
Platts Lane Lake is situated north of Ormskirk near Platts Lane which is located just off the A59 from Liverpool to Preston on the way to Burscough.
The lake is in close proximity to Burscough Junction Train Station (external link), which can be accessed via Junction Lane. Bus stops are located in Burscough town centre, a short 15 minute walk from the lake. To find out bus times to and from Burscough download the Service: 3A Lancashire County Council bus times (PDF 1,324kb)
The site map available above highlights wheelchair-friendly paths.
The site is patrolled by the Council's Parks and Countryside Ranger Service on a regular schedule. For more information and contact details for our Rangers visit our Park Ranger service page.
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