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.
Why not enjoy a picnic at one of our picnic tables, whilst taking in the stunning views. View location on Streetmap
The visitor centre is open 10.30am to 3.15pm. Why not pop in for a tea, coffee, flapjack or gingerbread man and remember to pick up some duck food to feed our wildfowl.
The visitor centre also has many leaflets about things to do in the area.
Please note there is no cycling allowed anywhere on the Ogden Water estate. There is also no fishing allowed within the reservoir.
This photo, believed to be from the Courier, was found by John Wharton, who used to live in Ogden.
Feb 2016 Ogden Water Wildlife Group
We set off today to visit the geological site at the top end of Ogden Clough and we took the Wildlife Group with us.
It was a wet, white and wonderful walk up the side of the plantation and out onto the moorland, making a path through virgin snow and being the first people to walk that path in a few days.
Once into the geological area we made our way to Ogden Kirk quarry and had a look at the rock faces and stones there. We managed to find quite a few fossils, mainly of Calamites and tree fossils.
The walk back was a quicker route but we did get hit by one of the showers that ran through today, it was a bit wild up there. But then it was back to the classroom to defrost and hot chocolate!
Our Visitor Centre, although small, is a welcome sight to many who visit Ogden, whether for a coffee on a cold wet day or an ice cream to finish a walk in the height of summer. It is staffed solely by volunteers who try their hardest to open every day of the week. We could not operate the centre without these volunteers and would like to thank them for their efforts, perhaps next time you are passing you might like to pop in and say thanks too!
Also see notices on site.
The Permanent Orienteering Course maps are available
at the Visitor Centre. £1.50 each. They are proving very popular,
particularly with school groups.
Do you have any anecdotes, pictures, or short stories
of trips to Ogden in the past, ie. donkeys years ago! If you have, please
get in touch with Ranger Chris.
If you are planning to bring a party of people on a
visit to Ogden Water, you could contact the Ranger to make sure the facilities
will be available when you come.