Ogden Water country park is situated north of the town of Halifax if you follow Ogden Lane from the A629 Keighley Road. The postcode is HX2 8YA. There is onsite car parking, a visitor centre and tea rooms within a short distance of the reservoir.
Halifax Corporation built Ogden Reservoir between 1854 and 1858 at a cost of over £90,000 and a workforce of over 500 men. The stone laying ceremony took place on the 11th August 1854 and this stone can still be seen having been moved from the dam bottom to the picnic area to stop it being lost during works a few years ago.
The reservoir holds approx. 222 million gallons of water and can supply Halifax with up to 1 million gallons of water a day if needed by gravity alone. The reservoir is fed by the Hebble Brook, Skirden Clough and water running down from the moorland above.
Yorkshire water took over responsibility for the reservoir in 1974, and the surrounding woodland and nature reserve have been looked after Calderdale Leisure Services since 1987. Ogden water was renamed in 1988 having previously been called Ogden Reservoir.
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