Fend off those Christmas calories with a festive stroll

Ogden Reservoir, taken by Courier reader Michael Sykes
Ogden Reservoir, taken by Courier reader Michael Sykes

It’s easy to over indulge at Christmas and if you are beginning to feel the strain of one too many mince pies, enjoy some fresh air and a festive stroll at one of Yorkshire Water’s reservoirs and nature reserves.

There’s a wide variety of things to see at the many sites, including the wildlife and picture perfect scenery.

Yorkshire Water own 72,000 acres of land in Yorkshire, spanning the North Yorks Moors, the Wolds, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and some of the best national parks in the county, spending thousands of pounds each year to maintain and enhance such sites for all to enjoy.

A feast of different landscapes awaits ramblers at Ogden Reservoir in Halifax with rough pastures, picturesque woodland, soothing streams and rugged moorland.

For those wanting a quieter walk visit Deanhead Reservoir, Scammonden, Huddersfield, from where there are spectacular views from the valley and new footpaths.

Digley offers an invigorating walk, running along lanes, fields and over open moorland in Holmfirth.

Or why not visit the Pennine Moors, near Howarth.

The wild moorland and heather was an inspiration for the Bronte sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

The paths and tracks on this route provide views up to Top Withens ruins, connected locally to Emily’s famous novel Wuthering Heights and the surrounding moors.

A haven for wildlife and migrating birds can be found at Blackmoorfoot Reservoir between Meltham and Slaithwaite in Huddersfield. The route also encompasses woodland and tranquil water edges.

On the outskirts of Leeds is a walk through woodlands and the village of Eccup, over a dam and alongside of a local golf course.

This is a site of specific scientific interest and is nationally important for birds.

There is a selection of children’s activities, including quizzes, sheets to colour in and lists of things to spot available from Yorkshire Water’s website at www.yorkshirewater.com

And downloadable walking guide is also available at www.yorkshirewater.com/yorkshirewalks

This lovely picture of Ogden Reservoir was taken by Courier reader Michael Sykes - if you are out and about this weekend, don’t forget to send your snaps to newsdesk@halifaxcourier.co.uk or via twitter @HXCourier.