Reservoirs, moors, golf courses and a wind farm add character to this walk on Ovenden Moor from Oxenhope. Ogden Reservoir is particularly impressive.
I headed south from Oxenhope looking for a high level walk which was full of interest. This I found to be true with the scenery changing throughout the walk. Starting with a steep climb from industrial Oxenhope the first of 4 reservoirs (Leeming) attracted the attention. Soon however the town was left behind and the sharp climb had taken myself and my faithful hound high on to the moors. However unlike the walk up to Wuthering Heights there was not the sense of remoteness that characterises the Bronte Moors. Partly this was due to being relatively small in size but also to the Wind Farm that was disturbing the scenery to the west(more later).
The walk down and around Ogden Reservoir is beautiful, particularly taking the lower path next to the river. A real find. From the dam though the path climbs steadily west and, although the golf course distracts to the left (it looks interesting) the view becomes increasingly dominated by some monstrous wind turbines which are being constructed at Skirden Head. It creates an interesting debate but my well documented views are that the benefits gained are far out weighed by the cost and most importantly the destruction of the landscape. These are a good example.
The walk, (which is always enjoyable) ends on a happy note with the drop back in to Oxenhope (I like Isle Lane) offering some wonderful views over the valley and moors.
Take a good look at the wind turbines and imagine them in every direction, that is the idea!
The biggest challenge on this walk is to find your way alongside Leeming Reservoir at the start of the walk. It is often the case that the start of the walk is most difficult.
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