As the weather continues to be so good at the moment I set out early to visit Ogden Water Reservoir and nature trail which is set high in the Pennine hills. The estate, including the reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water. However the surrounding woodlands are managed on their behalf by Calderdale Countryside & Woodlands Team.
The reservoir is over 160 years old, originally designed to power mills in the Wheatley Valley, but due to the increase in population in Halifax and the need for clean drinking water the plans changed. It is still supplying Calderdale and beyond with drinking water to this day.
The estate offers the chance for quiet, informal recreation through walks, a chance to see wildlife and to listen to the sounds of water, wind, woodlands and moorlands. The total area of the estate is only some 60 hectares, however exploration of the moors and fells beyond is both easy and encouraged.
To walk the pathway around the reservoir side takes under an hour at a leisurely pace and there are numerous benches along the route should you wish to pause to take in some of the wonderful views.
It is well worth a visit unless you are a dog hater, as it would seem that half of West Yorkshire (even at the early hour that I arrived) was out walking their dog/s.
Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017