To keep everyone happy and safe, please:
- follow government guidance
- don’t swim
- take your litter home
- stick to the path
- keep your dog on a lead
- clean up after your dog
- don’t light fires or BBQs.
The car park (£1 parking charge) and toilets are run by Calderdale Council. The car park can be accessed from Ogden Lane just off the A629.
Head South on South St/A629. After 2 miles, take the 1st exit from the roundabout on to Halifax Rd/A629. Continue on the road for 5½ miles and turn right onto Ogden Lane to find the car park.
By public transport
There is a bus stop on Halifax Road/A629 1 mile away from the start of this walk.
Frequently asked questions
Can you swim in Ogden Reservoir?
No, you can't swim in Ogden Reservoir. Reservoirs are really dangerous places and have lots of dangers hidden under the surface. We don't allow anyone to swim in our reservoirs, even if you’re a great swimmer!
Why can’t you swim in Ogden Reservoir?
Ogden Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Ogden Reservoir supplies water to be treated, so there's machinery and strong currents under the water. There may also be blue-green algae, which causes rashes and severe illnesses.
Can dogs swim in Ogden Reservoir?
No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Ogden Reservoir and they shouldn’t drink the water. Blue-green algae can form on the surface, which is poisonous and can kill them. There’s also dangerous machinery and strong currents under the water.
Is wild swimming allowed in Ogden Reservoir?
No, Ogden Reservoir is dangerous. Reservoirs aren't the same as natural lakes, they’re man-made and have large machinery that’s working 24/7 just below the surface. They’re also very cold, have strong currents and might have blue-green algae which causes rashes and severe illness.