Ogston Reservoir

Ogston Reservoir
Ogston Reservoir
This northwestern tip of Ogston Reservoir is cutoff from the main reservoir by the B6014. This is where the River Amber joins the reservoir, its course can be seen when water levels are low
Location Derbyshire
Coordinates 53°8′16″N 1°26′18″W / 53.13778°N 1.43833°W / 53.13778; -1.43833Coordinates: 53°8′16″N 1°26′18″W / 53.13778°N 1.43833°W / 53.13778; -1.43833
Lake type reservoir
Primary inflows River Amber
Primary outflows River Amber
Basin countries United Kingdom
Surface area 200 acres (81 ha)

Ogston Reservoir is a reservoir operated by Severn Trent Water in Derbyshire. It is near the villages of Brackenfield, Ashover and Clay Cross.

The reservoir takes its water from the River Amber and was originally created to supply the National Coal Board's Carbonisation Plant at Wingerworth; the reservoir now supplies water for the local area and is used as a holding ground for water for nearby Carsington Reservoir. The reservoir covers 200 acres (800,000 m²) and holds 1.3 billion imperial gallons (5.9 billion litres) of water.

The valley was flooded in 1958 and completely submerged farmland, roads and part of the Ashover Light Railway. The reservoir also destroyed most of the village of Woolley, including the Woolley House Hydro, the village store, the blacksmiths, the joiners, the laundry, the sheep-dip and 'Napoleons Home', the local public house. The villagers were relocated into council houses built in another local hamlet, Badger Lane, which eventually became known as the village of Woolley on the Moor, which subsequently became the present village of Woolley Moor.

At times of low water, the northwestern tip of Ogston Reservoir reveals the course of the River Amber. This is the same view as the one taken 3 months earlier.Images by Nikki Mahadevan

The reservoir provides many leisure activities including sailing, windsurfing and trout-fishing. It is especially well known for its bird-life and over 200 species have been recorded at Ogston including Wilson's Phalarope, Sabine's Gull and Long-tailed Skuas.

Ellen MacArthur, best known as a solo long-distance yachtswoman who, on February 7, 2005, broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe, trained to become a yachtswoman on Ogston Reservoir

This article was prepared using information found on the website of the 'Woolley Trail', maintained by the local primary school.[1]


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