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Ogden Water Country Park & Nature Reserve HX2 8YA
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Ogden Water Country Park offers a superb opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Over 250,000 people visit Ogden Water every year for picnics, walking, 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. Maps showing walks around the woodlands etc.

April 2015: Due to a number of incidents and vandalism that culminated in rubbish and litter being strewn upon the floor and excrement smeared on the walls, the Ogden Water toilets will now be open at the same time as the visitor centre only. We apologies for having to take this action. The nearest toilets are located at Morrison’s Illingworth.

Important Notice: There have been a number of posts recently put onto the Ogden facebook page about cases of suspected poisoning of dogs.

To date we have seen no suspicious activity around the reservoir and cannot confirm or deny these incidents took place. We are contacting those who put up the posts so we can gain more information. There have been similar posts put onto other websites/social media in the last few months, all following the same line of one dog being very ill and a friends dog dying from suspected poisoning.

Being onsite almost every day last week and seeing lots of people around with dogs, including our regular walkers who all take differing routes around the reservoir and the woodlands, not one of these have reported anything out of the ordinary.

As the incidents in the reports occurred almost 2 weeks ago (in one case) there have been no phone calls, emails or visits from them about an incident occuring. We believe that if a dog became ill after visiting Ogden Water, and the cause of the illness could be identified as being sourced there, that owner would have made contact with us so we could have warned others, but nothing has been heard yet.

If you are still concerned about visiting Ogden Water, then perhaps keeping your dog on a lead would be a good idea, then you are aware of where they are at all times. Also please report anything suspicious to either the visitor centre, email ( or call 01422 249136).

Alternatively there are a number of other sites that could be visited such as Beechwood Park (north Halifax), Mixenden Woods, Roils Head (Halifax), Shroggs Park or Beacon Hill.

Should we gain any more information we will of course share it with you.

Chris Sutcliffe. 07769 954956

Ogden Water Practical Day - April 2015
A joint day out with the volunteers from Calderdale Countryside Service, and we needed the numbers! It was a day for fencing and replacing the pailing fence at Skirden Clough with timber donated by the Friends of Ogden Water.

The old fence was taken down and we began on both sides of the clough, it was replaced with post and rail fencing with wire behind. We did not get it all finished and will be back over the week or so to continue with it. Chris Sutcliffe

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Before During

Chris Sutcliffe writes, end Nov 2014:

Pond digging

Joined by 2 staff from Lloyds today (Mark & Steve) who were more than willing to get involved with a day playing with water.
Our first job was to begin clearing the pond out of reeds and pond weed. At the moment the pond is getting overgrown and dipping from the platform was almost impossible.
However a bit of hard work, some digging, pulling and raking saw the amount of vegetation reduce.
Following lunch it was into the woodlands to deal with an issue of drainage and seeping water onto the footpath. A bit of digging, a poke with a stick and then the discovery that the main pipe was 18inches under the mud and we were good.
Lots more digging and poking and we had the drain running clear, a look at the other drains did not turn up any more issues.
A brilliant day with a dynamic duo who jumped in and got muddy, hope they enjoyed it as they worked hard and were fantastic!


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The Permanent Orienteering Course maps are available at the Visitor Centre. £1.50 each. They are proving very popular, particularly with school groups.

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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.


Ogden Water has once again gained the Green Flag Award 2013/14