Ogden Water Local Natural Reserve regeneration survey June 5

Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve offers a superb opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Over 300,000 people visit Ogden Water every year for picnics, walking, feeding the ducks, family outings and nature activities. There is a visitor’s centre where you can enjoy a warm drink and rest too.

Despite being closed – due to the COVID-19 situation – Ogden Water have every intention of reopening as soon as possible and would like to carry out some maintenance work on their site.

They are applying for some EU funding which is being administered through the Leeds City Region and need evidence to show that if successful they would encourage people to visit during the autumn and winter period and that the proposed work is wanted.

The proposed works include a new surface for the path around the reservoir which is permeable (no more puddles or ice!), accessible play equipment and resurfacing the main carpark which will include provision of level disabled parking bays.

Normally the survey would have been carried out on site but as this isn’t possible at present, there is an online questionnaire available through the Calderdale Council website:


The survey is live now and is open until 5th June.

Your opinions are much appreciated.

Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve HX2 8YA

Visitors go wild at Ogden Water

On Wednesday 31st July, North Halifax Partnership Staff Karen Scanlon, Dan Marham and CMBC Community Warden Lee Ackroyd joined The Countryside and Woodlands Team at Ogden Water for a wild Ogden day.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Dot Foster who welcomed everyone to a fun packed day where they would learn more about local wildlife.  Activities included Minibeast hunts, making an insect hotel, plus indoor crafts  making clay hedgehogs and fuzzy bees as well as educational talks on the importance of bees.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended and spoke to visitors about moorland fires along with Moors for the Future who were there in the Bogtastic Van which tours towns and cities to inspire visitors about the iconic moorlands that surround them.

For further information on Ogden Water and to find out what’s on visit www.ogdenwater.org.uk  or contact chris.sutcliffe@calderdale.gov.uk

‘Woodland Wildlife Discovery Toddle’ with Sure Start Children’s Centres at Ogden Water


Following the massive success of the Forest School at Ogden Water this summer, Sure Start Children’s Centres NHP is pleased to offer the “Woodland Wildlife Discovery Toddle”.

Visit Ogden Water on Wednesday 31 October for a morning or afternoon exploring Boggart Wood. Make a leaf hat, hunt for mini-beasts and do some bark rubbing. Session ends with a chance to sit around a fire pit and eat a snack of fruit kebabs with chocolate sauce.

The session will take place on Wednesday 31 October and you can choose from the 10:00am session or the 12:30pm session.

To book a place on the session please complete the online application at http://surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/autumn-2018-courses/, or complete a form at your nearest Children’s Centre.

If you have any questions please contact the Family Learning Team on 01422 266197.

Forest School with Sure Start Children’s Centres at Ogden Water

A 4 week family forest school starting on Friday 4 July, 10:30am-11:30am. Including outdoor cooking, whittling wood and other outdoor and forest activities. To book a place go to the Sure Start website.

Ogden Water is Yorkshire’s Favourite Reservoir

Ogden Water has been crowned Yorkshire’s favourite reservoir after beating off competition from Grimwith and Langsett.

With 46% of the vote Ogden Water was a clear winner in the Yorkshire Water poll, which was conducted on the firm’s Facebook page.

The race for second was a tighter affair, with Langsett winning 28% of the vote, and Grimwith third with 26%.

Set to the north of Halifax, Ogden Water, managed by Calderdale Council is three miles long, offering huge variety. There are rough pastures, picturesque woodland, rugged moorland and tumbling streams to explore.

Philip Tennyson, Yorkshire Water’s Countryside and Recreation spokesperson, said: “These are all fabulous reservoirs which offer wonderful free days out, but I can certainly understand why Ogden Water was such a huge favourite with the public.

“Although they did not end up winners this time, I would urge the public to visit both Grimwith and Langsett as they are both very special.”

Offering spectacular views over the reservoir and woodland from the higher ground, especially from the ruins known as North America. Near Stocksbridge, Langsett Reservoir in the Peak District National Park gives the adventurous walker a decent test over 3 miles.

The circular path at Grimwith Reservoir, east of Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has stunning views of the adjacent moors and lower Yorkshire Dales. With the call of the curlew and lapwing, it is the longest walk of the finalists at 4.5 miles long.

Elves & Fairies at Ogden Water

Tuesday 22 August 2017  at Ogden Water starting at either 10:30 or 13:30 go along to Ogden Water to make elves and fairies from natural materials.

Booking is essential (limited places available) and prices are £3.80 (£2.80 with a Passport to Leisure).
Suitable for ages 3+ (no unaccompanied children) and unfortunately not suitable for dogs.

Ogden Water wins another Green Flag Award

Ogden Water has once again being successful in the Green Flag Award scheme.  The scheme which is administered by the Keep Britain in England under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government is awarded to parks and other greenspaces that can demonstrate that they are well managed and welcoming places to visit.

Other Calderdale winners were: Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park, Clay House Park, Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience, Shibden Estate, The People’s Park and Wellholme Park.

It is the 14th consecutive year that Ogden Water has been awarded the award having first won in 2003.