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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!

New Changing Places facility at Ogden Water

A new Changing Places toilet is now open at Ogden Water Country Park, improving facilities and accessibility at the Calderdale beauty spot, particularly for those with severe disabilities or complex needs.
As part of the Changing Places programme, a partnership between the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and Muscular Dystrophy UK, Calderdale has been awarded funding for three Changing Places toilets in the borough.

The first of these was installed at Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub last year and work to install a Changing Places toilet is also underway at the Fire & Water building in Sowerby Bridge.
These fully accessible toilets are for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. They include specialist equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches, and space for carers.
The installation of the Changing Places toilet at Ogden Water complements the wheelchair-friendly routes around the reservoir, making the site a more inclusive place to visit. It also provides the opportunity for people with a range of disabilities to enjoy the countryside and the associated mental and physical health benefits.
The Changing Places facility is currently open from 8am until 4pm, as part of the winter opening hours which will run until late March. The opening times will increase to 6am until 6pm from late March until late October.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Tim Swift, said:

“Ogden Water Country Park is a popular place for walks, picnics and family outings. We want to make the site as inclusive as possible, to enable more people to enjoy the beautiful countryside and experience the many accompanying benefits."

“There are already wheelchair-friendly routes around the reservoir, but the opening of a new Changing Places toilet will support wider access for those who cannot use standard accessible toilets, ensuring that they, and their family, friends and carers, can enjoy their visit with the peace of mind that there are facilities which meet their needs.”

Funding for the Ogden Water facility has been provided by DLUHC in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK, with further support from Calderdale Council and the Friends of Calderdale’s Countryside. Thanks are also due to the Accessible Calderdale Disability Action Forum for their support and guidance.
For more information about Changing Places toilets and to search for existing facilities across the country, visit

Chris Sutcliffe
Area Countryside Officer – Halifax, North & East Calderdale
077699 54956

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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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 March 4, 2024  


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.