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short notice walk round ogden 7 miles

weather  forecast to be really nice this Sunday, would anyone be interested in a walk round Ogden waters and the moors, 6 miles, short notice so have put on a walk i know well, always goes down well with everyone who attends. just an excuse to get out walking and enjoy the scenery with friends for a few hours, if enough people are interested will gladly put the walk on

Starting from the well-known beauty spot of Ogden Water, Set high in the Pennine hills lies Ogden Water. Ogden is a Country Park and Local Nature reserve set around a 34 acre reservoir that has been supplying the people of Halifax with a clean supply of drinking water for well over one hundred and fifty years. Ogden has a small car park, picnic areas, a visitor center that is open at weekends. It has a small shop and serves 'vending machine' hot drinks and also ice-creams and confectionery. The shop sells pictures, photographs, and souvenirs, and of course public toilets.

The route: We follow a path along a wood and out into open moorland with spectacular views across Ovenden Moor to Ovenden Moor wind farm (please note dogs are welcome but have to be kept on leads at all time across the moors, at the wind farm and the walk back down to ogden). As you traverse the north end of the moor, passing the remains of quarries, strange stone-built structures and the Withens pub, once the highest inn in West Yorkshire (sadly no longer open), there are great views towards Oxenhope and Haworth (of Brontë sisters fame) in the Worth Valley.

we will stop at the 23 turbines of Ovenden Moor wind farm that have been supplying clean, green power for over 15 years now. Magnificently situated 440 metres above sea level on Hollin Hill, the turbines are set out in a V shape to make best use of the prevailing south-westerly wind. Built in 1993 at a cost of £10.6m, Ovenden Moor wind farm is one of the largest wind farms in the UK and produces 9.2 megawatts of electricity - enough to power 5,000 homes.

Classification: Easy for the experienced walkers, (slippery section walking along the side of a stream, few stiles, maybe boggy on the moors) beginners can contact me if you have any queries.

Distance: 5.9 miles (this does not include the walk round the reservoir, approx 1 mile or 2000 metres (this makes the walk 7 miles), if anyone want to walk round the reservoir at the end then i will be happy to do so, there are picnic areas for those that dont where ducks and geese will eat anything left in your back packs).

Typical duration: 3 hours

Height gain: 190m

Starting point: Ogden Water car park 11:00 am

The Causeway Foot Inn, 300 metres from the car park, serves quality traditional food and ales. It's also very dog-friendly.

By car
Ogden Water is just off the Halifax-to-Keighley road (A629), about four miles north of Halifax or two miles south of Denholme. Turn off the A629 at the Causeway Foot Inn, which marks the end of Ogden Lane (brown signs for Ogden Water). There is good parking (50p all day 8:00 am-8:00 pm).

By public transport
The 502 and 504 buses go from Halifax to Ogden Water. There are buses from Bradford to Denholme (696 and 697), where you can connect with the 502/504.

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  • Barrie W.


    March 5, 2014

  • Ana M

    Another great walk. I enjoyed it lots. Thanks Gareth! :-) I also loved the free dog biscuits jar in the pub -I don't mean I was eating them though, but know of certain Molly dog that would have been in heaven there!- ;-)

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A lovely walk with a small group, a bit of wind and rain but one of my favourite walks so far, a big thanks to sue for the lift :-) xx

    March 2, 2014

  • Ana M

    Sounds ace Gareth :-)

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am familiar with the walk round the reservoir my mum lives very nearby and I often do the walk in the summer but have not been up to the windmills for quite sometime, I usually end up in one of the pubs on Keighley Road for Sunday lunchtime drinks instead !! I am doing the calverley bridge upto the Airport walk the day before so don't know if I will be able to make this walk the day after as well, will have to see how much my leg muscles ache when I get up on Sunday morning, I am un decided now which walk to do, Sat or Sun !!

    February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      do what ever you feel comfortable doing, we wont be rushing round the walks and there will be a nice pub at the end of both walks, your more than welcome to do both

      February 26, 2014

  • Jackie

    Would have joined you if I hadn't already got something arranged, thanks

    February 26, 2014

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