Ogden Water is Yorkshire’s Favourite Reservoir

Ogden Water has been crowned Yorkshire’s favourite reservoir after beating off competition from Grimwith and Langsett.

With 46% of the vote Ogden Water was a clear winner in the Yorkshire Water poll, which was conducted on the firm’s Facebook page.

The race for second was a tighter affair, with Langsett winning 28% of the vote, and Grimwith third with 26%.

Set to the north of Halifax, Ogden Water, managed by Calderdale Council is three miles long, offering huge variety. There are rough pastures, picturesque woodland, rugged moorland and tumbling streams to explore.

Philip Tennyson, Yorkshire Water’s Countryside and Recreation spokesperson, said: “These are all fabulous reservoirs which offer wonderful free days out, but I can certainly understand why Ogden Water was such a huge favourite with the public.

“Although they did not end up winners this time, I would urge the public to visit both Grimwith and Langsett as they are both very special.”

Offering spectacular views over the reservoir and woodland from the higher ground, especially from the ruins known as North America. Near Stocksbridge, Langsett Reservoir in the Peak District National Park gives the adventurous walker a decent test over 3 miles.

The circular path at Grimwith Reservoir, east of Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has stunning views of the adjacent moors and lower Yorkshire Dales. With the call of the curlew and lapwing, it is the longest walk of the finalists at 4.5 miles long.


Friends of Roils Head – Upcoming AGM and minutes of last meeting

Join the Friends of Roils Head Group at their AGM to discuss Future Priorities and a report from the recent Tree Planting Activity –  Friends of Roils Head upcoming AGM Agenda

Saturday 20 January 2018 – 10am
At Grace Baptist Church, Roils Head Road, HX2 0LH.

If you missed the last meeting you can read the last minutes online here.

Literary Links: The Brontës at Shibden

See costumes on display in Shibden Hall from the recent Brontë TV Drama, ‘To Walk Invisible’ by Sally Wainwright, several scenes of which were filmed at the Hall.

Saturday 3 March to Wednesday 31 October 2018

There will also be private tours of the exhibition with the Curator, Elinor Camille-Wood on the 28th April and 13th October at 2pm and a talk by Ann Dinsdale, Principal Curator of the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth about the research that went into developing the production design, costumes and other props for the BBC drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ by Sally Wainwright, on the 11th August at 2pm.

Click here for further information and pricing details

Parkruns in Calderdale

Winter is upon us and you may not feel like getting out and being Active Calderdale in the cold, but there is still a lot you can do in the garden. Being active will make you feel good physically and mentally and keep you warm too!

Another great way to be active with your friends, family and grandchildren is to take part in ‘parkrun’ and here’s a bit of information that might be news to you.

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs all over the world. They are open to everyone, totally free, organised by a group of local volunteers, held in pleasant parkland surroundings and everyone whether young or old, male or female, fit or unfit, able-bodied or not is always welcome. It’s not about racing, it’s about running at your own pace.

We have 2 parkruns in Calderdale, one at Shroggs Park in Halifax and the other at Wellholme Park in Brighouse. Both start at 9am every Saturday. We also have a new Junior parkrun starting at Wellholme Park in Brighouse on Sunday 17 December at 9am. Junior parkrun is a 2k run for juniors aged 4-14 years old and will take place on Sunday mornings at 9am.

For further information please click on the links below:




Tree Planting at Beechwood Park

On Tuesday 5 December, Friends of Beechwood Park met with Chris Sutcliffe of the Calderdale MBC Countryside & Woodlands Service and some of his volunteers to plant some new trees in Beechwood Park.

Beechwood Park is one of Calderdale’s best kept secrets!

This Local Nature Reserve and urban park is situated off Beechwood Drive within walking distance of a number of schools in North Halifax and as you may be aware it used to be home to an army camp.

It’s not all nature though, this park offers great facilities to cater for all ages and preferences including parks, football pitches, a bike track, crown green bowls and for those of you who enjoy working out, you can find some fantastic gym style equipment dotted around.

If you head up towards the more wooded area of the reserve (Tar Hill) you may even be fortunate enough to spot a member of the Roe Deer family that reside there so be sure to have a camera with you on your next visit just in case.

Beechwood Park also has a Friends Group consisting of local residents who work tirelessly to keep improving this outstanding place with litter picks and other beneficial activities.

If you are interested in being part of the Friends of Beechwood Park Group, call Tony King or Dan Marham on 01422 255402 for information and dates of future meetings.

Buy a Park a Tree

Nature lovers in Calderdale now have the chance to buy a new tree to be planted in a Calderdale park or green space.

Calderdale Council’s new ‘buy a park a tree’ scheme gives individuals, groups or businesses the chance to sponsor a tree of their choice.

The trees in many of Calderdale’s parks are getting to the end of their natural lifespan. Some have also been damaged in storms or have had to be removed due to disease or for safety reasons. Over fifty new trees have been planted in one of Calderdale’s parks in a previous scheme started six years ago but with the help of sponsors, Calderdale Council is aiming to extend the scheme to the rest of the borough with a target of 100 trees to be planted between November 2017 and February 2018.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said:

Our trees are well loved and really important for our environment. It’s always sad when trees have to be removed due to damage or disease and our ‘buy a park a tree’ scheme will help us to replace many of the trees we’ve unfortunately lost.

“With the generous help of sponsors alongside our own planting schemes, we can ensure than there are plentiful trees for future generations to enjoy in our parks or green spaces.

Each tree will cost £100, which includes planting and securing the tree. There’s a list of varieties to choose from and trees can be planted in most of the parks and recreation areas in Calderdale. A certificate will be issued to each sponsor to keep as a record of their generous help.

For more information and a list of available trees, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk and search for ‘buy a park a tree’. The first orders will be placed at the end of September ready for planting in November.

If you could display a poster about the scheme it can be downloaded here.