United Kingdom Ladybower Plughole

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James Grant

About this spot
Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped
reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley near
Bamford. It is a beautiful location and easily
accessible by all. At times you would be
forgiven for forgetting that the area was
crafted by man. It is perhaps one of the closest
examples to a lake the Peak District has.
Ladybower wasn’t constructed without
controversy. Built between 1935 and 1943, it
was built to provide water to Manchester and
Sheffield as well as the East Midlands.

It continues to fulfil this role to this day. However, this was at the cost of the villages of Ashopton and Derwent.

The buildings were demolished except for the
church, which could be seen during low water
until 1947 when it was also demolished.
At the north of Ladybower is Derwent Reservoir.
The reservoir’s dam was used as practice runs
for the Dam Busters in World War II, due to the
similar construction of the German dams.

Roughly every 5 years an anniversary flight passes over Derwent and Ladybower Reservoir.

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