Platts Lane Lake, Burscough

Platts Lane Lake


Platts Lane Lake is one of West Lancashire's hidden secrets.

The mosaic of wetlands, woodlands and grasslands make the site a haven for local 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' was designed by a local schoolgirl . Its benches, wildlife ponds and shrubberies have developed into a lovely picnic area where you can sit and enjoy the wildlife and a relaxing day out with the family.

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. Please note that there is no night fishing facilities and that fishing is only permitted from dawn until dusk

The onsite fishing is managed by Burscough Angling Club. Club secretary, Alan Sutton can be contacted on 07929 918672.


The site is well-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.


  • Fishing (from dawn until dusk - no night fishing)
  • Car parking
  • Meadows
  • Picnic and seating area

Download the Platts Lane Lake site map (PDF 236kb) for more information about facilities.

How to find us

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.

Our 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. If you have any concerns or suggestions about how we can improve access to the site or you require further information, please contact the Ranger Service via 01695 622794 or

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