Ogden Water is a county park and nature reserve sited around a 150 year old reservoir currently owned by Yorkshire water. One of our favourite short bike routes of all keeps us coming back for more. Especially the vast range of curry establishments within earshot, a fine summers evening route!
We did this route in reverse for years finally deciding more fun can be had this way round, try it and see.
From the car park, head downhill towards Ogden water, crossing the reservoir on a man made cobbled track, through the gate as the track begins to climb. Take it easy as its quite a climb, past the golf course on your left and through the gate finally ending at the top, Withens pub sadly closed.
Turn right here onto tarmac passing Warley Moor Reservoir on your left, and some stunning Pennine views. Finally a short fast tarmac down nab water lane before the fun stuff!
Take care here not to overshoot the first right hand turn off which is White Moor lane Bridleway (signposted Calder Aire link to Bingley). It crosses a stream/beck. Follow this bridleway for some technical single track. Keep with it as the track sometimes splits.
As you approach this you need to be looking to your right though a walled gate and a well defined wide rocky track (Signposted Millennium Way Circular Walk). Its long, steep and technical and sometimes boggy. Follow this up to the top and past Thornton Moor Reservoir.
From here is why this route is so good. its pretty fast downhill all the way, through some superb technical singletrack. The route follows an obvious course through a couple of gates and finally ends onto road.
Turn right here back to the car park where you have a cold beer waiting and some fine curry to look forward to.
added by: mark - Sun Apr 20
Food & stuff
No food shops or anything on this route, (this is bleak Bradford moor land) try the mumtaz or akbar`s restaurant in Bradford for top Asian food