Abbey Lakes, Up Holland

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Abbey Lakes is an excellent haven for wildlife. In the summer months dragonflies skim the surface of the water and butterflies browse the wildflowers found around the waters edge. All year round the site is popular with the local bird life and a wide variety of ducks, geese, swans, and other wetland birds congregate on the lake.

The lake was formerly a supply lake for a local abbey and the site has a fascinating history.

Abbey Lakes is now a popular local coarse angling facility. Angling platforms are provided around the lake with access via a circular path around the site. The site does not currently have a resident angling club and is free to fish to anyone who has the appropriate rod licences. There are a full set of site rules posted on signs by the lake. 

The Parks and Countryside Service work hard to manage and maintain all of our sites to ensure that they are accessible and safe for all their visitors. However, while using the trails, you may encounter uneven surfaces, debris, or other obstacles. Occasionally you may encounter a management/maintenance issue that requires reporting. Should this happen please report your concerns to us via 01695 622794 or


  • Fishing

How to find us

Abbey Lakes can be found on the border of Up Holland and Orrell, just off the A577 on School Lane. Access and parking for cars is limited, however public transport is available, just visit the Arriva (external link) or Orrell Train Station (external link) website for more information about localised bus and train routes.


The Parks and Countryside Service do their best to keep Abbey Lakes a disabled friendly site but please be aware that some paths may be muddy or uneven with roots and other minor obstacles. If you have any concerns or suggestions about how we can improve access to the site or you require further information, please contact the us using the details on this page.

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