Keeping it local – Doffcocker Lodge

My Monday walk this week is a relatively short one done at the end of May on a weekday when the constraints of work meant that I didn’t have a lot of time. A very short drive from home is Doffcocker Lodge, originally a mill pond dating from 1874 but with the mill long since gone and the area being a popular spot for local dog walkers it was designated as the town’s first local nature reserve in 1992.
My walk started from the small car park by the dam at the bottom end of the lake and heading in my usual anti-clockwise direction the path took me past a couple of small coppices and the long back gardens of a few houses on the nearby main road. Low bushes and several wide gaps in the trees on the left gave me good views over the lake until the path eventually veered away from the water and led across a wide meadow enclosed by tall trees.
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At the far side of the meadow I went through a small wooded area then the path passed between the end of the main lake and a smaller lake where a young coot was swimming with one of its parents; still with a lot of its ‘baby fluff’ it was a scruffy looking little thing but also quite cute and was actually the first young coot I’ve ever seen.
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After passing the end of the lake the path led into a second meadow, more open this time and where several benches were set at well placed intervals to take in the views across the main lake. A bit farther on a tree shaded grass bank separated the path from a row of pleasant looking houses and from there it wasn’t much farther to the bridge across the outflow channel and the dam at the end of the lake.
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The walk round the lake had been barely a mile but in the warm sunshine it had been very enjoyable so Poppie and I were both happy. Last year I did that walk in early springtime when the trees were still bare so I’m now thinking of repeating it in a few months time – it might be nice when the trees are in their autumn colours.


22 thoughts on “Keeping it local – Doffcocker Lodge

    1. I must remember to go back in October – I have a list of places I’ve been to and intend to return for some reason but often end up forgetting when I find somewhere new ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. There are several benches which need sitting on, and all have good views over the lake especially at the wider end where you can see the moors and Winter Hill ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Doffcocker. I used to see that name on the destination sign on buses whenever I was in Bolton. A brilliant name – I wonder what it means. Always wondered what was there, too.


  3. Well now you know ๐Ÿ™‚ Doffcocker itself is a mainly residential suburb about three and a half miles north west of the town centre and on the route up towards Horwich. The exact history of the name isn’t certain but it’s believed to derive from two ancient Celtic words meaning ‘dark winding stream’ and although most of it is now underground there is indeed an old winding stream which feeds the lodge.


  4. Lots of bird life round there, very often a lot of seagulls too, and the dam is a favourite place for families with kids to feed the ducks and geese with bread ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. What a lovely walk. I always think it’s so relaxing walking by water. Thank you so much for all the kind comments you have left on recent posts, it’s been such a comfort to know I have so many friends here in Blogland thinking of me at this sad time.


  6. I love walking by water and do so whenever I can. It’s a difficult time for you at the moment Jo so thank you for taking the time to read this post and leave a comment – take care x


    1. I haven’t seen anyone fishing there so I had to Google it – the things I do for my blog readers! lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Up-to-date info seems to be non-existent but a report from April last year says the lakes were previously managed by Bolton District Anglers Association which folded after the death of the club secretary in 2018 – Doffcocker and four other local waters were auctioned off and are now owned by Bolton Council. At the time of the report none of them were open for fishing and presumably that’s still the case although the report does say the situation was under review at the time.


      1. Thanks for your work googling.
        That’s strange they have all been sold off.
        If nobody is managing them at present I bet there is a lot of poaching going the dead of night.


        1. Presumably the waters were sold off after the death of BDAA secretary because no-one else wanted to take on the (voluntary) job, leading to the club folding. A comment following last year’s report said that there were already gangs going round poaching fish and selling them to other fisheries but I don’t know how true that is.

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  7. It’s surprisingly quiet and peaceful there even though it’s quite close to civilisation and a busy main road. I love walking by water and as you say, there’s plenty of it in Lancashire ๐Ÿ™‚


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