River Ogden

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The confluence of the Rivers Ogden and Irwell at Irwell Vale

The River Ogden is a minor river in Lancashire, England. It is approximately 4.4 miles (7.1 km) long and has a catchment area of 9.77 square miles (25.298 km2).[a][1]

Beginning on the moors of Haslingden Grane as Ogden Brook, it heads east, feeding Ogden and Calf Hey Reservoirs.[2] It then passes through the Holden Wood Reservoir and collects Swinnel Brook in an area historically known as the Trippet of Ogden, becoming the River Ogden. Turning to the south, it passes through the Helmshore part of Haslingden where it is met by Musbury Brook and then Alden Brook, overlooked by Musbury Tor. Heading southeast it joins the River Irwell at Irwell Vale, between Rawtenstall and Ramsbottom near grid reference SD792202.[3]


  • Alden Brook
  • Musbury Brook
    • Hare Brook
    • Long Grain Water
  • Swinnel Brook
    • Sunny Field Brook ?
    • Duckworth Brook
    • Sherfin Brook
  • Deep Brook
  • Hog Lowe Brook



  1. ^ Measured using mapping website.


  1. ^ "River Ogden". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ The Core Strategy Evidence Base Topic Paper 9: Overall Land Uses, Rossendale Borough Council.
  3. ^ "103" (Map). Blackburn & Burnley (C2 ed.). 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2006. ISBN 978-0-319-22829-6.
Next confluence upstream River Irwell Next confluence downstream
Limy Water (North) River Ogden Woodhill / Kirklees Brook (West)

Coordinates: 53°40′40″N 2°18′59″W / 53.67785°N 2.31636°W / 53.67785; -2.31636