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Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve HX2 8YA
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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 has now reopened!


If you have been through the first section of woodland from the car park recently, you may have noticed that there has been a bit of work going on.

Some of the inlet drains and streams have been intentionally dammed up with timber. The reason is to slow the flow of water into the reservoir and prevent flooding on the reservoir path and woodland trails.
This slowing down allows water or flood levels to peak and then disperse more slowly reducing flood risk.

There is the added bonus of creating new habitat areas in the woodlands, not only along the streams and drains, but also where trees have been felled so more light will hit the woodland floor, stimulating growth.

We will be continuing this work over the next few months in this area or the other, and if anyone wants to join us you will be more than welcome.

Chris Sutcliffe. Ranger

Toilet Block

Our toilets have now been refurbished and are open again, but the male and female toilets have been replaced with 5 individual single sex cubicles. They are all enclosed with toilets, soap, wash basin and hand drier. What is more they open can close automatically – from 6am until 6pm they can be accessed. If you did find yourself locked in there is a large green button to press to let you out.

Volunteer Days

We have been running these days for over 10 years and always welcome new people. If you are interested in helping out for a few hours every couple of Tuesdays then drop me an email. Chris Sutcliffe

We have continued our practical sessions and have recently finished off fencing work, we have more boundary work coming up and also drainage, footpath repairs and revetment, not to mention a summer of cutting back to keep the paths open.

tree planting

Thousands of trees being planted above the golf course and up towards the Withens.

This photo of the golf club, believed to be from the Courier, was found by John Wharton, who used to live in Ogden.

Ogden Golf Club Photo

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Also see notices on site.


The waterproof Permanent Orienteering Course maps will be available at the Visitor Centre. £1.50 each. They are also available to download for self printing from the East Pennine Orienteering Club website

new orienteering post


Page updated August 23, 2023  


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.