Ogden Water

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Ogden Water

Ogden Water is a 60 hectare area of mixed conifer and broad leaf woodland managed by Safer Cleaner Greener's Countryside Team for informal quiet recreation, as well as organised educational activities.

The site is located to the North of Halifax and sign posted from the A629. In addition to the walking routes that run around the reservoir, including a path suitable for wheelchair use, there are a number of public rights of way which run from the site into the surrounding countryside. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead and on close control around the reservoir.

Visitor facilities

  • Car park
  • Toilet facilities
  • Classroom facilities, which are available for hire for business meetings, conferences, community meetings etc
  • Visitor centre and cafe selling hot drinks and refreshments.

Opening hours

  • Car Park: locked at dusk. See signs on the car park entrance for exact times, which vary throughout the year.
  • Cafe and Visitor Centre: run by a dedicated group of volunteers who endeavour to open the cafe everyday of the year. Hot and cold drinks, soup, confectionery, ice cream and small gifts are available. Open from 10am - 4pm everyday.
  • Toilets: open from 10am - 4pm daily but may be closed in cold weather.

Location details

What to see

Birds on the reservoir tend to be restricted to Mallards, however over Winter we get occasionally flashes of colour as visitors such as Goldeneyes, Goosanders or Canada Geese drop in. Other water birds that can be seen throughout the year include Kingfishers, Dippers, Herons and Great Crested Grebes.

The woodlands surrounding Ogden Water teem with song birds during April and May including Robins, Chaffinches, Great Tits, Goldfinches, Goldcrests, both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Jays and Bullfinches. Summer brings Swallows, House Martins and Swifts performing dazzling aerobatics over the reservoir surface as they chase food around. During autumn Crossbills are regularly seen on the edge of estate where woodlands and moorlands meet and the night air is disturbed by the hoots and calls of Tawny Owls. Winter brings large numbers of Thrushes, Redwings and Fieldfares to the surrounding fields.

On the open moorland Curlew and Red Grouse can often be seen with occasional sightings of Twites, Wheatears and Merlins Long and Short Eared Owls have also been seen about the area.

People can regularly get close to mammals at Ogden, with Grey Squirrels and rabbits relatively easy to see, however the early visitors might glimpse Roe Deer and Foxes as they walk around the woodlands.

Summertime brings a plethora of insects, from bumblebees to butterflies, moths to (unfortunately) midges and the early evening air filled with hungry bats.

The Ogden woodlands hold a over 30 different types of trees, from towering Firs and Pines, to stunted Oaks, Birches and Sycamores, but look closely and you might find Tulip Trees, Mulberrys and Aspens. Ground flora includes flowers such as Pink Purslane, Common Spotted Orchid and Wood Sorrel to name a few.

Get involved

There are monthly practical work parties during the week, anyone is welcome at these. For more information, phone: 01422 284417, or email: chris.sutcliffe@calderdale.gov.uk .

Many schools make extensive use of Ogden Water as an outdoor classroom and can also be booked for meetings / group use. The Countryside Team also provide a range of environmental workshops, based around the National Curriculum, see: Environmental education .

Staff and volunteers organise a range of activities for children, young people and not so old adults! These include summer and winter activities.

Ogden Water currently holds the coveted  Green Flag Award for parks and open spaces.



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