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Windmills at Ogden Moor on (another) cloudy grey cast day
Windmills at Ogden Moor on (another) cloudy grey cast day
Ogden Reservoir - Ogden Water - Calderdale
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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.


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Difficulty: rate Grin Factor: rate
Time :1.12 hrs
Distance: 6.9 mi
Offroad: 5.9 mi
Onroad: 1 mi
Climbing distance: 2.6 mi
Descent distance: 2.9 mi
Flat distance: 1.5 mi
Total climbing: 846.5 ft
Terrain: rutted bridleway open moor land technical single-track
OS Map:Outdoor leisure 21 South Pennines



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Start point
- SE 0659830963 - GPS N 53 46.496 W 1 54.092 Ogden Reservoir car park (off A 629 Keighley road)

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The Route
  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5.  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.
  6. 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




A nice quick loop, managed it in just over an hour recently. When did the rocky descent back to the car park get filled in?
from: Anon | Tue May 3

very fast and very dry at the moment (springtime) scary!
from: Anon | Sat Apr 23

A brilliant final section on this ride. We will be back for more!
from: Sarah | Tue Mar 8

Gonna do this route soon, really looking forward to it, wish me the best! See you soon! :D
from: Curt | Tue Oct 12

I do this route very regularly. There are also other loops to do, or to add to this one. See my ogdenleisure Facebook Group here for more routes: Please join and get in touch for rides out :-)!/group.php?gid=139266849426761
from: Terry Jackman | Tue Aug 24

Just rode this route today 2/07/10. The rocky uphill push at the start is well worth the rewards you get from the singletrack on the latter part of the route. Short but utterly brilliant old xc ride. So good we went round twice.
from: Bingley Basher | Sat Jul 3

Ace old xc route. One time my wiley Ozzy pal rode it without a saddle (he fogot it at home...but nothing was stopping him!)
from: Trinibrad | Tue Jun 15

the last downhill section... eye wateringly good
from: ade | Mon Oct 12

bad weather clouds and rain, ogdeon virgin the last section the best fab! no trophys at 2 hours!.!.!
from: tom | Sat Jun 20

ogden 1st timer and i loved it, the last downhill a real challenge at speed. if theres a trophy going then i did in about 50 min?
from: xem | Thu May 14

my vote goes for the sweet centre on lumb lane.
from: Anon | Thu Apr 2

i did this route years ago but it was about 20 miles. the same start point but an all dayer. enjoyed it but cant remember the route. kashmire on great horton road (downstairs) for curry.
from: Anon | Sat Mar 21

Hi, yeah I do this rote alone now, after studying the routes, mine is differant, but did your route, very enjoyable and managed a 1hr 35m so quite happy at that now, unlike mine that takes just under 3 hours through some very boggy terrain....wouldn't mind trying this route with someone
from: Mark | Tue Mar 10

hi mark - i mapped it mid summer when the return section is pretty dry. the times taken straight from my gps device, all i can say is that i rode on my own, which makes you faster with shorter breaks. I also promised myself a post ride curry in bradford. a good enough reason in itself to nip round quickly!!
from: jake | Sat Mar 7

Just checked your map, i do near enough the same route, goor ride, but on Cold Edge Road i break off on the off road foot bath and it's like that all the way back to the carpark, very fun but very boggy
from: Mark | Fri Mar 6

Hi there, I do this route most evenings and it takes me 2hrs 50, i would love to know how you get 1hr 12 lol......saying that it is very boggy at the moment and quite abit is unridable, so will have to see what it is like when it dries up abit
from: Mark | Fri Mar 6

forget the ride, just give me the curry
from: Anon | Mon Mar 2

great bike ride. your pictures show it how it is, cloudy, usually raining, but a real gem of a route, causeway foot for a welcoming after ride beer.
from: mrg | Fri Dec 5

bleaks the right word!! great ride though. try kasmir great horton road
from: Anon | Fri Oct 17

a fantastic natural route, but not for those who like mud in the winter, i go to Anams Restaurant on Great Horton Road for a delicious mushroom korma
from: Anon | Mon Sep 22

an all time favourite ride
from: david | Thu Sep 11

The causeway foot does a good pint if you like ales. There's plenty of scope to add to this route, inc Stairs Lane and Limers gate. Proper nature intended singletrack, not a spade in sight!
from: Stretch | Thu Jul 31

i do it the other way around. it works for me
from: Anon | Wed Jul 30

ace ride, but can e busy
from: Anon | Mon Jul 14

tyres now removed :) ace route and not a busy as some of the "dales classics"
from: Anon | Sat Jul 12

not as scenic as the dales, but some nice technical and fast downhill sections.. great ride!
from: Anon | Sat Jul 5

great route a long time regular of mine. Very busy with walkers and other bikers on weekends, and the council need to clean it up on the tops.. lots of tyres and rubbish spoiling an otherwise nice ride and views
from: a mountain biker | Sun Jun 29



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get there mid week and you will have the place to yourself
get there mid week and you will have the place to yourself'
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rocky section..
rocky section..'
ogden reservoir. on a typical cloudy day
ogden reservoir. on a typical cloudy day '



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