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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

Our car parks are locked at 4pm from 1st December to 31st January. Don't get locked in as it is £75 per vehicle for a release!

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.

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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Chris Sutcliffe writes, October 2014:

Ogden Water Wildlife WATCH group.
The planned activity of getting out into the woodlands to fell some trees and move some brash fell foul of the weather. So a quick rethink lead to an autumnal arts and craft session. From a massive pile of leaves and seeds, all manner of things were created, including bats, mud drawn birds and beavers, paper plate owls, funny woodland faces and paintings. There then followed the Ogden Water Conker championship, with each of the kids giving themselves a death defying, frightening name - King Conkerer, Orange Conker, Conker Killer and Unicorn. Equipped with the latest in H&S technology for the battles (chainsaw helmets & gloves) they set-to. For a few the concept was completely alien and you could tell the parents & grandparents were itching to get involved and take some shots. But in the end the overall winner was King Conkerer, he had a termendous technique for the swing, but it did result in the cracking of a few conkers. Our next session is on the first Saturday in November when we will be out fungi hunting.
Chris Sutcliffe
Area Countryside Officer
07769 954956

 

Xmas trees!
No more required until Christmas!

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Also see Whats On

Also see notices on site.

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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.

new orienteering post

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Chris Sutcliffe writes, Nov 2014:

A day out in the woodlands for a spot of management. This month we headed deep into the Ogden woodlands, to a point just below the Giant's Tooth in the Skirden Clough area. Here we were taking out weaker trees that will allow the oaks to grow stronger.

Following lunch it was down to the wet woodland area to begin the long task of removing tree shelters. These trees were planted 8-10 years ago and have done really well. Now the shelters are removed the area looks alot more natural.

A great day out, if a little wet underfoot and from the sky. Our next session is Tuesday 16th December, feel free to join us for this session if you have an hour or two to spare.

Tree shelter


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Chris Sutcliffe writes, October 2014:

We have been asked quite a bit recently about the level of the reservoir and if it is normal for it to be this low.

At present it is approx 4.5 mts below capacity, however it is worth remembering that there is still about 13-15 mts depth of water still in the reservoir, which probably equates to about 180 million gallons of water still behind the dam.

We have had quite a long dry spell, with some nice warm weather, so the evaporation of the water from the surface will be larger.

The reservoir was built to supply Halifax with water and it continues to do so, hence as the weather warms up and the reservoir is on supply then the level drops.

We also top up Mixenden Reservoir, at present this is near capacity and so there is still plenty of water around.

The last 2 summers have been quite nice and warm, but the summers before that were wet. In these summers the level did not drop that much and so visitors got used to seeing a full, blue coloured reservoir, surrounded by green trees - quite picturesque, so seeing the level drop is coming as a bit of a shock, but there is no need to panic and begin stock piling bottled water.

In normal years the level is on its way back up, if not full by the end of October, but saying that we would need approx 40 million gallons to fill us to capacity and I don't think anyone wants that much rain in a month!

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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.

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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.

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

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