A popular countryside café has announced it is closing after less than four years.

Buckhurst Lodgeside, in the Cheesden Valley, opened in 2021 during a Covid lockdown to give weary walkers a place to pick up refreshments.

The site is next to Cheesden Brook, which runs between Bury and Rochdale and is a popular route for walkers.

Café owners announced the business would close with "immediate effect" after being served a notice by their landlord.

The owner’s said on social media: “I write this with a heavy heart and sad that this decision has had to be made final but unfortunately I have very sad news.

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"I have been served notice to quit by my landlord and have to close Buckhurst Lodgeside.

“It has been a pleasure and privilege to meet all my customers and help you enjoy your trips to our lovely countryside.

“Thank you so much to each and everyone for your support. So sorry we will be no more with immediate effect.”

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The café received an outpouring of support from residents on its Facebook page, with more than 500 comments left on its post.

Many commenters said they were “so sad” to hear the news the Buckhurst Lodgeside had closed.

One commenter said: “Sad to read this …I thought you were a great asset to the community and you will be greatly missed.

Another added: “Thank you for many lovely stops for a chat and a drink and snack on our walks. We’re really sorry this has happened.”