AboutHandley is a small village close to Ogston Reservoir. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet just a few minutes from the busy town of Clay Cross.
Ogston Reservoir is a haven for birdwatchers. Built by damming the River Amber in 1958, the Reservoir is surrounded by woodlands, fields, scrub and grasslands, and even an orchard! When the water level drops in late summer and autumn, the Reservoir attracts large numbers of wading birds but, in winter, Ogston is the best site nationally to watch rare species of gull - 14 different species have been recorded here. Guided bird walks are run by the Ogston Bird Club on the first Saturday of the month at 9.30 am from the West Bank Car Park but please telephone Peter Birley to check (Tel: 01332 753078). Everyone is welcome to use the public hide on the West Bank, or watch from the roadside or car parks.
- Coach parties accepted
- Dogs accepted
- Children welcome
- On-site light refreshments
Map & Directions
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout (traffic light controlled) select left lane and take 1st exit (A61, Derby Road) Follow road for approx 5 miles to Clay Cross. At crossroads (traffic light controlled) turn right (Clay Lane). Follow road for approx ½ mile. Turn left into Handley Lane.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. When carriageway divides select right hand lane and at roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select right hand lane and take 3rd exit (A61, Derby Road). Follow road for approx 5 miles to Clay Cross. At crossroad (traffic light controlled) turn right (Clay Lane). Follow road for approx ½ mile. Turn left into Handley Lane.
Accessible by Public Transport: Chesterfield station is 6 miles away.